Taos Summer Writers' Conference returning workshop instructor, Minrose Gwin, has fabulous news! Barnes & Noble has chosen The Queen of Palmyra, Gwin's forthcoming novel, as a "Discover Great New Writers" selection. From the back of the book:
"Florence Irene Forrest lives in Millwood, a segregated town like any other in the South in 1963. Florence's father is a burial insurance salesman with dark secrets. Her mother is stuck in a marriage far from her educated, liberal upbringing and makes secret trips to the local bootlegger. This leaves Florence with her grandparents' longtime maid, Zenie, named for Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra. As Florence spends time in Zenie's home, she sees how race truly divides her town, but nothing prepares her for what happens with the arrival of Zenie's niece, the vibrant college student Eva Greene. Soon Florence, who has moved fluidly between two families, between two races, finds herself stuck in the middle, a witness to the brutality and the truth of her times, in Minrose Gwin's astonishing and moving novel."
The book, due to come out this April, may be pre-ordered at Barnes & Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/The-Queen-of-Palmyra/Minrose-Gwin/e/9780061840326/?itm=3&usri=Minrose+Gwin and Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Queen-Palmyra-Novel-P-S/dp/0061840327/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264449936&sr=1-1