The Personal History of Rachel Dupree
Gulf Coast Reads (Greater Houston Metropolitan Area) selected The Promise for the October 2015 community-wide, one-book read.
-The Promise is voted the 2014 Bonus Book of the Year by the Pulpwood Queen Book Clubs.
-The Promise was translated and published in the Netherlands by the Dutch publishing house Mozaïek in June 2015.
-The Promise is a 2014 Great Group Reads selected by the Women's National Book Association.
- Joni Rodgers reviews The Promise on YouTube.
-The Promise is shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
-The Promise is a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award in Fiction.
-The Promise is Spur Award Finalist for Best Historical Fiction.
-JuVee Productions options the film rights for The Personal History of Rachel DuPree.
-The Promise is the featured October Pulpwood Queen Book of the Month Pick.
-The Promise earns a starred review from Publishers Weekly.
-UK book review bloggers Anne Cater, Karen Howlett, and Lindsay Healy include The Promise on their lists of favorite 2013 novels.
-The Promise is recommended by BookGroup.Info, a leading online organization for book clubs in the UK.
-Reader's Digest includes The Promise in its American, Canadian, Philippine, Portuguese, Czech, Slovak, Hungarian, Spanish, Russian, Slovenian, Polish and Finnish Select Editions.
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, and Lucy.
"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."
author of In the Fall
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