CHILDREN OF THE WATERS (A One World Trade Paperback Original; On Sale: June 23, 2009) by Carleen Brice—author of the #1 Denver Post bestseller and Essence Book Club Pick Orange Mint and Honey—explores the connection between love and race, and what it really means to be family.
Brice’s compelling, eagerly anticipated new novel CHILDREN OF THE WATERS strikes deep emotional chords and poses the intriguing question: Can two strangers become sisters?
Trish Taylor’s white ancestry never got in the way of her love for her black ex-husband, or their mixed race son, Will. But when Trish’s marriage ends, she returns to her family’s Denver, Colorado home to find a sense of identity and connect to her past.
What she finds there shocks her to the very core: her mother and newborn sister were not killed in a car crash as she was told. In fact, her baby sister, Billie Cousins, is now a grown woman; her grandparents had put her up for adoption, unwilling to raise the child of a black man. Billie, who had no idea she was adopted, wants nothing to do with Trish until a tragedy in Billie’s own family forces her to lean on her surprisingly supportive and sympathetic sister. Together they unravel the age-old layers of secrets and resentments and navigate a path toward love, healing, and true reconciliation..
Essence wrote that Orange Mint and Honey “will have you hooked from page one”—and so will Brice’s latest.
About the Author
Carleen Brice is author of the novel Orange Mint and Honey and Lead Me Home: An African American’s Guide Through the Grief Journey. She is also editor of the anthology Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number: Black Women Explore Midlife. Her book Walk Tall: Affirmations for People of Color sold over 100,000 copies. She lives in Denver with her husband and two cats where she writes, gardens, and blogs about writing and gardening. Please visit her through her website, www.carleenbrice.com.
Carleen Brice’s debut novel, Orange Mint and Honey, was an Essence
“Recommended Read” and a Target “Bookmarked Breakout Book.” For this book, she won the 2009 First Novelist Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the 2008 Break Out Author Award at the African American Literary Awards Show. Orange Mint and Honey was optioned by Lifetime Movie Network.
Her second novel, Children of the Waters (One World/Ballantine), a
book about race, love and family, just came out at the end of June.
Booklist Online called it “a compelling read, difficult to put down.”
Essence says, “Brice has a new hit.” You can read an excerpt at her
She is at work on her third novel, Calling Every Good Wish Home, and
she maintains the blogs “White Readers Meet Black Authors” http://www.welcomewhitefolks.blogspot.com and “The Pajama Gardener” www.pajamagardener.blogspot.com.
CHILDREN OF THE WATERS
By Carleen Brice
A One World Trade Paperback Original; On Sale: June 23, 2009
978-0-345-49907-3; $14.00; 224 pp
Judi: Hi Carleen and thanks so much for stopping by my blog to answer a few questions about your book. What was the inspiration behind it?
Carleen: CHILDREN OF THE WATERS is a story about 2 women, 1 white and 1 black, who find out they’re related. The inspiration was my sister-in-law who shared with me meeting her birth sister.
Judi: Any fan/fan mail stories you care to share? The good, the bad and the ugly.
Carleen: My best reader story is a woman who, after reading my first
novel ORANGE MINT AND HONEY, planned to tell her recovering alcoholic mother she forgave her. I also had a self-described middle-aged white guy email me that he “cried like a baby” after reading that same book.
Judi: When deadlines hit, what happens in your house?
Carleen: It gets messier and stays messier longer.
Judi: Do you put your friends in your books? Names, incidents,
characteristics? Have any of them recognized themselves in a not-so-
Carleen: I have put aspects of my friends in my books, but always
with plenty of advance notice. One night over drinks some friends
shared stories of shopping for vibrators. 2 of those are in my latest!
Judi: What is the most memorable first line you’ve ever read in a novel?
Carleen: “We have been lost to each other for so long.” The first line of THE RED TENT made me keep reading.
Judi: Which do you most like writing–dialogue, action, or description?
Carleen: Dialogue comes most naturally.
Thanks, Carleen. Wishing you all the best with this book! Congratulations!