a Black Bear, Pennsylvania story
by Sally Wiener Grotta
“Brilliant!... Skillfully woven.” – Peter Simpson
"Thought provoking and inspiring." – Margo Crispino Azzarelli
As a child, Judith Ormand was the only Black — and the only Jew — in a small insular Pennsylvania mountain village where she was raised by her white Christian grandparents. Now, she must reluctantly break her vow to never return to the town she learned to hate. During her one week visit, she buries and mourns her beloved grandmother, is forced to deal with the white boy who cruelly broke her heart, and is menaced by an old enemy. But with her traumatic discovery of a long buried secret, Judith finds more questions than answers about the prejudice that scarred her childhood.
"A riveting read. Astute, psychologically believable and moving." – Rabbi Peg Kershenbaum
“I read it through in a single sitting.... masterfully developed.” – Professor Claire Herschfeld
“Storytelling at its Best! This is one of those books that will stay with me for a long time.” – Dottie Resnick
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About Black Bear, Pennsylvania
Jo Joe is set in the fictional Pocono Mountains village of Black Bear, Pennsylvania. Black Bear was created as a literary folie à deux by Sally Wiener Grotta and her husband Daniel Grotta. Both Sally and Daniel are dipping into the same pool of invented locale and characters to write a series of separate stories and novels that will eventually paint a full picture of the diversity of life and relationships in a small mountain village. The first Black Bear story was Honor, a novella by Daniel Grotta.
About Sally Wiener Grotta
Sally Wiener Grotta is the consummate storyteller, reflecting her deep humanism and appreciation for the poignancy of life. As an award-winning journalist, she has authored many hundreds of articles, columns and reviews for scores of glossy magazines, newspapers and online publications. She has also co-authored numerous non-fiction books; her next novel (which will be published in 2014) will be The Winter Boy.
A member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors, Sally Wiener Grotta is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events on the business of writing, as well as on photography and the traditional tradespeople of her American Hands narrative portrait project. She welcomes invitations to participate in discussions with book clubs (occasionally in person, more often via Skype, Google Hangout or phone), and to do occasional readings. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and/or her blog.