Watch the October 2016 Winning Novel Reading.
Reading performed by actor Michelle Alexander
The Pessary by Juliet M Nevins, MD
Get to know the winning writer:
What is your NOVEL about?
This novella was inspired by the many women, family and friends, whose lives have been touched by sexual violence. It is about a young physician struggling with her past. As a child Sophia was raped by her mother’s boyfriend, while her mother who had discovered this act, did nothing. Sophia finds escape through education, and as a young physician she meets Debra Little. Debra Little is an old woman from Jamaica who, with the help of two Americans, fled the island after her tenure with domestic abuse ended with the death of her child. The two find healing in each other’s stories. Debra Little finds forgiveness. Sophia finds courage.
What genres would you say this novel is in?
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