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A Novel
By Gwendoline Y. Fortune

Rosamund Jones-Keyes is a single mother living in Atlanta, Georgia, with her nine-year-old daughter, Caryl. Their lives become far from mundane when, after taking on a job at a chemical company, Rosamund is confronted by a coworker, Jeffrey Shuggs. Mr. Shuggs believes that the company is involved in a cover-up operation that could affect the lives of many people. He asks her to help him investigate this alleged conspiracy in order to potentially save the lives of numerous individuals. However, their exploration and examination of the facts does not go unnoticed. Someone seems to know about their plan and attempts to stop them from getting too close to the truth.
In order to try and make a better life for Caryl, Rosamund asks her Aunt Pet to come and live with them. Aunt Pet watches after Caryl when she gets home from school and tells her about their family history. Caryl confides in Aunt Pet about some of her recent dreams, and Aunt Pet tells her that it may be her connection to their ancestors. This is just the beginning of Caryl’s exploration into her family lines. At school she meets Darren, whom she will soon find out shares a closer bond with her than either of them could have imagined.

In this fascinating story of finding alliances in unsuspected places, everyone’s true loyalties are revealed.


Born in Houston, Texas, Gwendoline Y. Fortune grew up hearing stories of her “mixed blood” heritage: a free-born black great-grandfather, Native Americans, Scots-Irishmen, a cowboy grandfather, a Confederate great-grandfather, and relatives who were missionaries in pre-World War II China. She went to college at the age of fifteen and has been writing ever since. Selections from Growing Up Nigger Rich ($22.00), also published by Pelican, placed in the top twelve entries of the annual Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society competition and placed second in the National Black Writers’ Conference Awards. The novel is also included in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, 2002 Edition. Gwendoline Fortune lives in Saxapahaw, North Carolina.

By Gwendoline Fortune
288 pp. 6 x 9
ISBN: 1-58980-146-6 $21.00

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