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This I Know Hardcover – 15 May 2018
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- Publisher : KENSINGTON (15 May 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1496712862
- ISBN-13 : 978-1496712868
- Dimensions : 14.48 x 2.79 x 21.59 cm
- Customer Reviews:
--Bookpage "If you're looking for good, old-fashioned storytelling, one that will pull you in from the beginning and never let go, this is the book for you."
--Historical Novels Society "In this outstanding debut, Eldonna Edwards has created an enchanting, loveable narrator by the name of Grace Carter, who shares all she sees about her world and beyond. Rendered in a voice at once singular and exquisite and with an old soul sense of wisdom, I was captivated by this story of a girl and her unique gift, her love of family, the pain of loss, the sting of indifference, and the simple joy of acceptance, but most of all by Grace, and her purity of heart."
--Donna Everhart, author of The Education of Dixie Dupree "A heartfelt and beautifully crafted coming-of-age debut about a gifted, eleven-year-old girl attempting to find her place in a confusing world. This I Know shines, due in large part to narrator Grace, one of the most authentic and charming young characters I've come across in a long time. Don't miss this one."
--Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author of The Mutual Admiration Society "Simply magical writing. Eldonna Edwards is a true storyteller. She tossed me straight into her book and there I stayed until the last word on the last page."
--Cathy Lamb, author of No Place I'd Rather Be "Eldonna Edwards has crafted a compelling allegorical tale about the fear of otherness in this
coming-of-age tale. Readers of all ages will find an unlikely hero in 11-year-old Grace Marie Carter--who was born with a type of clairvoyance she calls the "Knowing"--as she bravely forges her own path in a world that is constantly trying to silence her voice."
--Amy Impellizzeri, author of The Truth About Thea "A remarkable, inspiring story about clairvoyance, faith, and opening your heart--and mind--to the truth. I will not soon forget Grace Carter, the young preacher's daughter with a unique interpretation of the world. Her kindness, her resilience, and her gloriously quirky voice have me shouting to readers everywhere, 'I love this book!'"
--Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of The Perfect Son
From the Publisher
A Conversation with Author Eldonna Edwards
You’re a preacher’s kid, right? How much of 'This I know' is autobiographical?
I grew up one of seven children with an evangelical pastor at its head. I did steal a few bits from my own dad’s habits, like clipping coupons, leaving religious tracts in public places and studying in the bathroom, but Grace’s father is not at all like my dad, who was a loving and kind-but-firm parent who’d give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. In creating Reverend Carter, I made the character big—much bigger physically than my own father. I made him insufferably controlling and close-minded. But I also inserted a tiny wedge of vulnerability: a woman that he adores and without whom he feels unlovable. And then I wrenched her from his assured grasp.
The Carter sisters are a quilt of characters molded from my imagination and childhood friends, with an homage to certain quirks of my real-life siblings. I’m not clairvoyant, but like young Grace, I was a quirky kid who often felt a little out of sync with those around me. I had an extraordinary imagination that often got me into trouble but thankfully, as a writer, serves me well.
'This I know' explores clairvoyance and the afterlife. Do your personal beliefs align with the story?
I believe there is so much unknown to us, far beyond the capacity of science or the ability of the human mind to grasp. This story hinges on a family’s inability to reconcile Grace’s uncanny abilities with their black-and-white version of good and evil forces in the world. The Bible is filled with experiences where individuals communicate with voices from “the beyond” and foretelling the future that are considered holy. Why does Rev. Carter assume that Grace’s deep intuition is not also a sacred gift?
Which scene was your favorite to write?
Hands down, when Grace’s sisters convince her to dress up as a fortune teller and charge the neighborhood kids to get their questions answered. What child doesn’t love turning a refrigerator box into a store, a space-ship or a fortune-teller booth? This scene allowed me delve into human insecurities that begin at an early age. Do my parents love me? Will I find my soul mate? Will I overcome these awkward years to enjoy a successful life?
Why did you choose to set your novel in the 1960s/70s instead of a contemporary setting?
Having been born just a wee bit too late to fully experience the turbulent sixties, I’ve always felt a little like a left-behind flower child. The music was so good, the civil rights movement was blowing up, and people started pushing back against the war machine. Writing about this era is a way for me to vicariously experience what I missed but I also think it was a fascinating time in our cultural history and makes a perfect backdrop for this story.
Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers will come away with?
We live in very divisive times. If there’s one message I’d love to convey it’s that we are all universally connected and seeking the same things: to love and be loved.
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In Grace's small hometown something terrible is happening. Grace knows she'll be able to find out more about this, but her father won't allow her to help. How can she find a way around his rules? Grace's sisters don't have the same abilities and her mother can't cope with the grief life has given her. Grace's only support comes from her aunt Pearl who only occasionally visits. Grace's school friend Lola and homeless man Lyle are the only ones who really know her. When her mother checks out from family life completely Grace's father makes life increasingly difficult for his daughter. What will Grace do, it will be hard to hide her gift from him, especially since she doesn't see it as something wrong, but as something good. Can she ever convince him?
This I Know is a beautiful moving story. Grace is a sweet girl with a big heart. She's smart, wise and capable. She also has a special gift. The Knowing is something precious, she can help people with what she sees and feels. I loved how Grace makes up her own mind about her abilities instead of letting others make the decision for her. Grace's religious father constantly pressures her and punishes her in all kinds of ways for being different. This makes Grace sad, but she remains strong, she never wavers and I greatly admired her for it. Regular home life is a struggle for Grace, but she bears it and never complains. I absolutely loved this amazing girl and enjoyed her story immensely.
Eldonna Edwards has a fantastic engaging writing style. This I Know is a magical story that touched my heart. I loved the vivid descriptions of Grace's surroundings, family and friends, the gorgeous gift she has been blessed with and the fantastic open way she sees the world. I was entranced from beginning to end. I love it when a story enchants me completely and This I Know is a book that will stay with me for a very long time. Eldonna Edwards has written an incredibly precious and thought-provoking novel. I highly recommend this brilliant story.
Top reviews from other countries
And judging from the five star reviews and comments, I have to say that it really seems to touch something deep inside of everyone who reads it!!