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About the Author
Minrose Gwin is the author of three novels: The Queen of Palmyra, Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick and finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Book Award; Promise, finalist for the Willie Morris Award in Southern Literature; and The Accidentals. In her memoir, Wishing for Snow, she writes about the convergence of poetry and psychosis in her mother's life. Wearing another hat, she has written four books of literary and cultural criticism and history, most recently Remembering Medgar Evers: Writing the Long Civil Rights Movement, and coedited The Literature of the American South, a Norton anthology. Minrose began her career as a newspaper reporter. Since then, she has taught as a professor at universities across the country, most recently the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Like the characters in Promise, she grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi.
"Promise is a powerful story about yet another forgotten chapter in our great national drama. Minrose Gwin knows her characters well and writes about them and their place and times with sympathy and wisdom."--Steve Yarbrough, author of The Realm of Last Chances
"[An] impressive novel. Promise takes on the page-turning pacing of a mystery while remaining solidly literary."--BookPage
"In elegant prose, Gwin illustrates the vast schism in our culture; more importantly, she shows us our shared humanity."--Historical Novels Review
"[An] atmospheric whirlwind of a book. A memorable, dreamlike narrative [...] that vividly conveys what it was like to survive the fourth most deadly tornado in U.S. history; it also brings to light the vast disparity in the care and treatment of white vs. black residents."--Library Journal
"A gripping tale of racism, power, and the bonds that make a family."--Booklist
"Promise is innately worth reading because it involves a gripping true story that emphasizes a terribly dark time in America's history, but the inspired, thoughtful and beautiful writing takes it to another level."--Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"This novel deserves wide readership."--Lit Hub
"This book is a monumental achievement, and Gwin is a fiercely talented writer."
--Jaimee Wriston Colbert, author of Wild Things
"This story of bravery and survival is heart wrenching and uplifting, well researched and realistic. Filled with beautiful language and a quick pace, Promise will not be easily forgotten by readers."--RT Book Reviews
"Lyrically precise, taut, and realistic, Promise kept me absorbed from beginning to end."--Julie Kibler, bestselling author of Calling Me Home
"Promise is an extraordinary novel [...] one of racial divides, good and evil, destruction and salvation and those clear moments of grace and humanity that bring hope into the most desperate times. I could not put it down."--Jill McCorkle, author of Going Away Shoes