Jessica Maria Tuccelli reveals deep insight into the ties that bind people together across immeasurable hardships and distances in her debut novel, Glow (Penguin, paperback, $16.00 on sale 2/26/2013). “Fans of The Help, this one’s for you: A tale of ghosts, slavery, racism and redemption wrapped up in an epic testament to the power of maternal love.”
- Ladies Home Journal
On the eve of World War II, young Ella McGee sits on a bus bound for her Southern hometown. Behind her in Washington, D.C., lie the broken pieces of her parents’ love story – a black father drafted; an activist mother of Scotch-Irish and Cherokee descent confronting racist thugs.
But Ella’s journey is just beginning when she reaches Hopewell County, and her disappearance into the Georgia mountains will stir up memories long suppressed.
As the secrets of Ella’s family history unfold in a vivid generational saga, Glow transports us to the Blue Ridge frontier of 1836, where slave plantations adjoin the haunted glades of a razed Cherokee Nation. Ron Rash’s Appalachia cascades into Alice Walker’s Georgia red clay in this lushly written debut announcing a major new voice in Southern fiction.
About the author:
Jessica Maria Tuccelli is a writer, filmmaker, and women’s welfare advocate. Her debut novel, Glow (Viking 2012), was named a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick, its highest honor. In film, Tuccelli’s lighting finesse can be seen in over 100 commercials, film shorts, and documentaries, most notably the Emmy Award-winning How Do You Spell God? (HBO), Sesame Street (PBS), The American Experience (PBS), and Zoom (WBGH). Tuccelli’s commitment to women’s empowerment began as leader of the Association of Women Students at MIT and continues today with her involvement with Women for Women International, a philanthropic organization dedicated to helping women in war torn regions rebuild their lives. Tuccelli travels the globe, where she finds inspirations for her stories.