History Comes to Life in Novel A Woman of Heart
A Woman of Heart by Marcy Alancriag was recently published by Mazo Publishers. This is a superb first time novel that looks deeply at family ties and secrets in a Jewish family in Northern California - both past and present.
- (1888PressRelease) July 07, 2011 - In A Woman of Heart the left-wing politics of Petaluma, California's thriving community of Jewish chicken ranchers of the 1920's is recreated as Rheabie Slominski tells the "true" story of her life to granddaughter Shoshana. Shoshana struggles to believe her grandmother's strange tale. As she discovers her own abilities to see ghosts and Guardians, Shoshana also uncovers deeper family secrets about alcoholism, domestic violence and adultery. When Rheabie is beset by illness and begins to die, Shoshana tries to heal what has been revealed.
A Woman of Heart embodies the best of contemporary literary fiction with history, politics, family drama and Jewish culture. The presence of the family ghosts and, in particular, the Guardians (as the living essence of the land) resonate with ecologically minded readers and the gay relationships in the book appeal to many women.
Ms. Alancraig founded and co-directed the Women's Voices Writing Workshop, at the University of California at Santa Cruz, teaches English at Cabrillo Community College and was raised in New York and Los Angeles. She has completed another novel, Looking in the Shadows, about a blind Chinese fisherman living in Monterey, California in the 1880's, and is working on her third title.