From the author of « Rust & Stardust » comes this heartbreaking story, inspired by true events, of how far one mother must go to protect her daughter
by T. Greenwood
St. Martin’s Press, August 2019
Dover, Massachusetts, 1969. Ginny Richardson’s heart was torn open when her baby girl, Lucy, born with Down Syndrome, was taken from her. Under pressure from his powerful family, her husband, Ab, sent Lucy away to Willowridge, a special school for the “feeble-minded.” Ab tried to convince Ginny it was for the best. That they should grieve for their daughter as though she were dead. That they should try to move on. But two years later, when Ginny’s best friend, Marsha, shows her a series of articles exposing Willowridge as a hell-on-earth—its squalid hallways filled with neglected children—she knows she can’t leave her daughter there. With Ginny’s six-year-old son in tow, Ginny and Marsha drive to the school to see Lucy for themselves. What they find sets their course on a heart-racing journey across state lines—turning Ginny into a fugitive. For the first time, Ginny must test her own strength and face the world head-on as she fights Ab and his domineering father for the right to keep Lucy. Racing from Massachusetts to the beaches of Atlantic City, through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, and finally to a roadside mermaid show in Florida, KEEPING LUCY is a searing portrait of just how far a mother’s love can take her.
T. Greenwood’s novels have sold over 250,000 copies. She has received grants from the Sherwood Anderson Foundation, Christopher Isherwood Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Maryland State Arts Council. Her novel “Bodies of Water” was a 2014 Lambda Literary Awards Finalist; “Two Rivers” and “Grace” were each named Best General Fiction Book at the San Diego Book Awards, and “Where I Lost Her” was a Globe and Mail bestseller in 2016. Greenwood lives with her family in San Diego.