On Sunday, February 23 at 2pm, the South Plainfield Public Library welcomes local resident Eileen Sanchez who will do a presentation and hold a book signing for her book, Freedom Lessons: A Novel. Freedom Lessons begins in Louisiana 1969 as Colleen, a white northern teacher, enters into the unfamiliar culture of a small Southern town and its unwritten rules as the town surrenders to mandated school integration. She meets Frank, a black high school football player, who is protecting his family with a secret. And Evelyn, an experienced teacher and prominent member of the local black community, who must decide whether she’s willing to place trust in her new white colleague. Told alternately by Colleen, Frank, and Evelyn, Freedom Lessons is the story of how the lives of these three purportedly different people intersect in a time when our nation faced, as it does today, a crisis of race, unity, and identity. “I hope readers will understand from Freedom Lessons that we need to consider others’ assumptions about us, and challenge our assumptions about others,” says Sanchez. “We all need some self-reflection for our actions and to not shy away from hard conversations. Can we learn from our past? I hope so.” Fans of thoughtful, authentic historical fiction like that by Susan Follett and Tara Conklin will love this captivating debut novel. Books will be sold for $15 after the program. Cash or credit accepted. There will also be a giveaway of a copy.
Eileen Harrison Sanchez is now retired after a forty-year career in education. She started as a teacher and ended as a district administrator. She has been writing part time for seven years with a writers group in Summit, NJ (www.writerscircleworkshops.com). Eileen is a member of the Historical Writers of America, Historical Novel Society, Philadelphia Stories Writers Community, Goodreads American Historical Novels Group, and several online writers’ groups on LinkedIn and Facebook. A reader, a writer, and a perennial—a person with a no-age mindset—she considers family and friends to be the most important parts of her life, followed by traveling and bird watching from her gazebo. Learn more at www.eileensanchez.com and connect with Eileen on Facebook @eileensanchezwriter, Twitter @EileenHSanchez, and Instagram @eileensanchezwriter. This program is presented free, but registration is required. To sign up for the program, call the library at 908-754-7885 or stop by and sign up.