Research Spotlight: Dr. Julie Drew publishes debut novel
Julie Drew, UA Professor of English, has just had her debut novel, Daughter of Providence, published by The Overlook Press, and initial reviews are very positive, including an Editors’ Choice review from Historical Novels Review, and a starred review from Library Journal. Drew teaches writing, cultural studies, and film, and is currently working on a new novel—the first volume in a planned trilogy.
Drew's novel launched on August 4, 2011, and since then she has had readings and book signing events in Akron and in Florida. She participated in the 24th annual Buckeye Book Fair in November, and has events scheduled in December at Brown University and the Providence Public Library in RI. In January she will appear at The Learned Owl Book Store in Hudson, OH.
"Drew’s haunting, mesmerizing debut.... will surely sweep the reader into the past...."
- Library Journal
Historical Novels Review selected Drew's novel as a 2011 Editors' Choice title: "This is a beautifully written novel...I could no put it down...."
"Julie Drew's terrific debut novel...is a great summer read."
- Akron Beacon Journal
Daughter of Providence
What if you found out you had a sister you’d never known about? What if discovering her meant you didn’t really know your father at all?
Summer, 1934: Anne Dodge, raised by her old-money, New England father in the small coastal town of Milford, Rhode Island, has always been told that her Portuguese mother abandoned them when Anne was a small child. After her mother’s death, Anne learns that she has a half-sister, Maria Cristina, who was raised among immigrants—and when Maria Cristina comes to Milford to stay, ugly truths begin to surface about the past, catalyzing events that end in loss and rediscovery.
Within a context of jazz and the end of prohibition, New Deal politics, stifling gender expectations, labor strikes, and often-violent union busting, a sense of both hope and desperation pervades Milford after nearly five years of economic depression, and one young woman will pay a heavy price to find her place in a rapidly changing world.
Available in hardback and audio.