Orion Historical Hb / TPb July £12.99 384pp 978 1 4091 5542 3 / 978 1 4091 7135 5 ebook: £12.99 / 978 1 4091 5544 7 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 4091 6158 5 / 10 hours
‘Powerful, beautifully written and simply unputdownable. If you can read this book and not be moved, you have a heart of stone’ – Cathy kelly on Summertime
Orion Fiction • July 2017
vANESSA LAFAYE Sunrise an epic love story and an unsolved murder, a prequel to the richard and Judy summer Book Club hit, Summertime.
1993: the ku klux klan hold a rally provoking violence from an unexpected quarter, leaving the authorities with an extraordinary dilemma: how do you handle a 98-year-old perpetrator who will not speak out except to admit her guilt?
1919: exiled in disgrace from her family, mixedrace Alicia arrives in key West. At the same time, the last troop ship from Europe arrives, full of wounded and traumatized soldiers. but an unseen passenger is also arriving: the deadly Spanish flu.
As the epidemic takes hold, the klan sets up residence, extending their hatred to anyone not white and Protestant. On Christmas Eve, the situation ignites in the most deadly of ways . . .
‘lafaye has created a taut and powerful novel that i found deeply moving. a riveting piece of social history, it’s also a love story and a devastating account of what it's like to experience such a disaster’ Daily Mail on Summertime
Vanessa lafaye’s debut novel Summertime was a Richard and Judy book Club selection. She was raised in Tampa, Florida, and first came to the Uk thirty years ago looking for adventure and found it. She leads her local community choir, and music and writing are big parts of her life.
Location: Available for interview
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