In the fall of 1950, Vicki Leigh Bayle learned that love and hate are drawn from the same well, and that some of the people she loved most kept stores of each in equal measure. In the segregated context of South Florida, she learned that prejudice is not always about color, and that truth, as adults define it, is malleable. During one tragic weekend of violence, Vicki saw that all living beings inexplicably are both good and evil, depending on circumstances, including herself.
Set in the 1950’s, the gritty story centers on Vicki, a feisty eight year-old with a fierce commitment to family, fairness and an intellectual curiosity that is both a gift and a burden. It propels her into making observations and posing questions at a time when children were expected to be seen and not heard, a time when neighbors helped neighbors yet also turned a blind eye to violence, racial inequality and intimidation.
Gloria Taylor Weinberg is a fourth-generation Floridian and award-winning journalist who now writes for Indian River Magazine. She lives in Fort Pierce, Florida, with her husband, Mark.
This is her debut novel. It won a 2011 Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writers Association.
Hooker’s Point is a town, but many shoppers mistake it for the “red light district”.
“I guess it’s an obvious misconception, unless you grew up there” says the author. “I had a young man pick up one of my books and page through it, then look up at me, like, “Where are the hookers?”
But people who have read the book have better things to say about it.
“Hooker’s Point” is a fascinating tale of innocence and pathos colliding in a small community in rural South Florida,” says Erik C. Larsen, an attorney in Winter Park, Florida . “The story develops inexorably, building momentum as it evolves, all the while tempting the reader to linger over passages of lush, evocative imagery. I was struck by the author’s insightful portrayal of people and places, which brought back fond memories of the simple, authentic life experiences that I had growing up in Clewiston near Hooker’s Point.
“A Homicide in Hooker’s Point,” unfolds with page-turning energy, characters that touch the heart, a plot that explores hard-scrabble issues not in simplistic, black and white good guy/bad guy ease but with complicated, thought provoking gray” notes Gayle H. Swift, Co-founder of GIFT (Growing Intentional Families Together) and award-winning author of ABC, Adoption Me and That Baby We Borrowed. “You will find a story you cannot forget. An excellent read on many levels.”
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