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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.
Adenrele Ojo is an actress, dancer, and audiobook narrator, winner of over a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2018. She made her on-screen debut in My Little Girl, starring Jennifer Lopez, and has since starred in several other films. She has also performed extensively with the Philadelphia Dance Company. As the daughter of John E. Allen, Jr., founder and artistic director of Freedom Theatre, the oldest African American theater in Pennsylvania, is no stranger to the stage. In 2010 she performed in the Fountain Theatre's production of The Ballad of Emmett Till, which won the 2010 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Ensemble. Other plays include August Wilson's Jitney and Freedom Theatre's own Black Nativity, where she played Mary.
Memorable...vividly conveys what it was like to survive the fourth most deadly tornado in US 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, Promise explores how one can rebuild after tragedy strikes.-- "Booklist"
The novel's especially timely focus on what happens to communities in the aftermath of a natural disaster will draw many readers...Gwin's latest effort will inspire further exploration of an underexamined American tragedy.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
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"
A compelling powerhouse of a story that grips us from the horrific tornado at its start to its stunning, heart-wrenching finish, Minrose Gwin's gorgeous new novel is a masterpiece!-- "Jaimee Wriston Colbert, author of Wild Things, praise for the author"
An extraordinary novel.-- "Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life"
Gwin's gift shines in the complexity of her characters and their fraught relationships with each other, their capacity for courage and hope, coupled with their passion for justice...I couldn't put this novel down, and I don't think you'll want to either.-- "Jonis Agee, author of The River Wife"
This book is a monumental achievement, and Gwin is a fiercely talented writer.-- "Jaimee Wriston Colbert, author of Wild Things"
Lyrically precise, taut, and realistic, Promise kept me absorbed from beginning to end.-- "Julie Kibler, author of Calling Me Home"