Page 158 Books welcomes Caitlin Hamilton Summie and Jill McCroskey Coupe in conversation about their books To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts and Beginning with Cannonballs.
About To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts:
In these ten elegantly written short stories, Caitlin Hamilton Summie takes readers from WWII Kansas City to a poor, drug-ridden neighborhood in New York, from western Massachusetts to woodsy Wisconsin, and from the quiet of Minnesota to its pulsing Twin Cities, each time navigating the geographical boundaries that shape our lives as well as the geography of tender hearts, loss and family bonds. Deeply moving and memorable, To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts examines the importance of family, the defining nature of place, the need for home and the hope of reconciliation.
About Beginning with Cannonballs:
In the 1940s, in segregated Knoxville, Tennessee, Gail (white) and Hanna (black) shared a crib in Gail’s parents’ house, where Hanna’s mother, Sophie, was the live-in maid. When the girls were four, Sophie taught them to swim, and soon they were gleefully doing cannonballs off the diving board, playing a game they'd invented based on their favorite Billie Holiday song. By the time they’re both in college, however, the two friends have lost touch with each other. A reunion in Washington, DC, sought by Gail but resented by Hanna, sets the tone for their relationship from then on. Careers, marriage and a tragic death further strain the already complicated friendship. Can these lifelong friends find a way to move forward, or will they remain mired in the past?