Against the Ruins
Author: Linda Lightsey Rice
Release Date: September 15, 2012
On a December day in 1957, schoolteacher Louise Copeland and her six-year-old daughter, Lyra, come home to discover that Louise's gentle war-hero husband has suddenly become psychotic and has slashed his wrist with a razor blade. From that moment on, everything Louise has believed in unravels. In their inner-city Southern neighborhood, situated between a cemetery and a madhouse, a place of leafy oak trees and ghosts...
In 2004, as Louise is dying, her daughter returns home, and she and her mother finally confront how the family was torn asunder in 1957.