-Skyhorse Publishing will release The Promise in the United States in April 2014.
-The Personal History of Rachel DuPree will be the Big Read for Washington County, Texas, in October 2013.
-The Promise has been recommended by BookGroup.Info, a leading online organization for book clubs in the UK.
-Reader's Digest Australia will include The Promise in its January 2014 Select Edition.
-Reader's Digest U.S., Canada, the Philippines will include The Promise in its March 2014 Select Edition.
Set against the worst natural disaster in twentieth century American history, The Promise is a riveting tale, told in lean luminous prose, of the power of love and the frailty of the human condition.(Weisgarber’s) characters will live in your imagination long after you've turned the last deeply moving page.”
- Ellen Feldman,
author of Next to Love, Scottsboro, The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank,
The Personal History of Rachel DuPree
"An indelibly affecting teaching story: How unchecked selfish desires, regardless of their origins in historical cruelty and deprivation, lead inevitably to suffering. A suffering that can be alleviated only by the realization of a pure love for others greater than one's desires for self. Rachel and Isaac DuPree and their tiny, vulnerable family stand as monuments to the forgotten millions of brutal, spirit deforming choices made and endured by so many brave and deeply wounded Americans."
author of The Color Purple
"An essential American story etched in vividly remarkable prose, of a unique period in our history, The Personal History of Rachel DuPree beats with the timeless heart of human endeavors, yet drops us seamlessly into particular spaces and times, a grand achievement of the first rate. Some will call this a novel of race, some will see the futility of the dustbowl settlement, some will believe it to be a tale of a strong woman. It's all of these and so much more, most clearly a tale that will hold and resonate on many levels."