Georgia Bishop, a could-be jazz great, has thrown away her life, her marriage, and her talent for her drinking habit. Her cousin, Fairly Godfrey, is living the good life in New York but wonders if deeper meaning exists beyond the superficial world in which she finds herself.
It takes a Congo refugee, a soul-food chef, a persistent husband, and one desperate night on the brink of freedom for Georgia and Fairly to realize how far they have drifted form their God-given purposes. When both women face the most difficult choices of their lives, only the power of grace can bring them to true healing.
Okay, sometimes I have to write pages and pages to finally figure out what my book is about. Straight Up, however, took the cake on that! I don't know why, but zeroing in the real story was excruciating yet for some reason, I kept at it. It's the German in me, I guess. In any case, when my editor sent her notes for the developmental edit, I almost fainted when she said, "The book really begins on page seventy-five."
This was even more of a difficult message to hear because after writing the first original 100 pages, I threw 80% or those out. I guess sometimes it just takes a while to find your way, chipping the story out bit by bit, instead of having it flow like a river.
Chip. Chip. Yep. That would be Straight Up.
From Publishers Weekly:
Georgia Ella Bishop's life screams
"wasted potential." The daughter of a great jazz pianist and a famous
news correspondent, she has what it takes to combine her mother's
talent and her father's celebrity into one extraordinary life. Her
alcoholism, however, thwarts these ambitions even before she can
imagine them, and by the time she reaches her mid-30s, all of her
chances seem to be used up. When Georgia moves from Baltimore to
Lexington, Ky., to make one last attempt to straighten out her life,
her social justice–obsessed uncle, her fashion-obsessed cousin and her
loving but estranged husband are there to help. Samson, author of the
Christy Award–winning Songbird
and several other faith-based novels, pulls few punches in this
sobering yet sanguine account of God's patience, mercy and eternal
optimism in the face of human folly. Samson's writing is
characteristically crisp and vibrant—cutting quickly to the heart of
her characters and their crises with prose that is emotionally resonant
but rarely sentimental. Readers may find events in Georgia's life,
particularly her astoundingly bad choices and the surprising
consequences she experiences, hard to believe. Still, despite the
extremes to which Georgia goes, in Samson's capable hands she becomes
an everywoman in whom readers are likely to see at least a glimpse of
themselves. (Sept. 19)
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