2013 Georgia First Novel of The Year: The River Witch by Kimberly Brock

25 Jun

Congratulations to Kimberly Brock for winning the 2103 Georgia Book Award for First Novel for River Witch. I am looking forward to reading this book and hope that it will be a selection for one of my book clubs.

13502935Can the river heal her?

Roslyn Byrne is twenty-four years old, broken in body, heart and soul. Her career as a professional ballet dancer ended with a car wreck and a miscarriage, leaving her lost and grieving. She needs a new path, but she doesn’t have the least idea how or where to start. With some shoving from her very Southern mama, she immures herself for the summer on Manny’s Island, Georgia, one of the Sea Isles, to recover. There Roslyn finds a ten-year-old girl, Damascus, who brings alligators, pumpkins and hoodoo into her sorry life.

Roslyn rents a house from Damascus’s family, the Trezevants, a strange bunch. One of the cousins, Nonnie, who works in the family’s market, sees things Roslyn is pretty sure she shouldn’t, and knows things regular people don’t. Between the Trezevant secrets and Damascus’s blatant snooping and meddling, Roslyn finds herself caught in a mysterious stew of the past and present, the music of the river, the dead and the dying who haunt the riverbank, and finding the courage to live her new life.

kimberly brockKimberly Brock is the author of THE RIVER WITCH, Bell Bridge Books (April 2012).

Her short fiction is included in SUMMER IN MOSSY CREEK, and SWEETER THAN TEA.

Kimberly grew up in the soft blue hills of north Georgia in a 1912 farmhouse, playing in secret closets under the stairs, daydreaming beneath towering oaks, and surrounded by countless litters of kittens, calves, every stray dog dropped off at the nearby crossroads (there was an ongoing ugly dog contest) and the occasional goat.  The writing bug bit in fourth grade with her first novel, which her mother typed and enhanced greatly. She enjoyed acclaim in fifth grade when her poem was chosen for special mention by the Georgia Poetry Society and she was honored with the chance to read for the members in Atlanta while her father genially sipped tea. Throughout school, she haunted the library and in high school and college, discovered a love for theater, all of which fostered a great love of storytelling.

She holds a degree in education and formerly taught in a multi-age classroom for severe special needs. She holds a comprehensive certification in Pilates and serves as the Blog Network Coordinator for She Reads national online book club.

Kimberly lives with her husband of sixteen years and their three children, north of Atlanta where she is working on her next novel, preferably in a secret closet or underneath a big old tree, but usually at the kitchen counter.

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