“Hey, who’s that?” Grace asked when a girl about her age flew past on her bike with a crow clinging to her shoulder and a pair of binoculars swinging form her neck.
“Oh, that’s Annie Crow,” Lois said with her chin lifted. “You don’t want to play with her.”
Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise is a story of loss, grief, survival and the healing powers of friendship and nature. Annie is a strong-minded girl, who battles with her secretive mother to uncover the truth about her grandmother’s suicide. At nineteen, she goes against social convention and trusts and relies on Bo, her family’s African American friend and her surrogate father, as she struggles to save the fourteen summer rental cottages left to her by her parents. When the family legacy of depression emerges in her early adulthood, and Annie faces estrangement from her husband and young son, will she be able to embrace the love and acceptance that is offered by someone who has been there all along?
Annie Crow Knoll: Sunrise is the first novel in a literary fiction series by Gail Priest. In this family saga, the ties that bind and tear us apart twine together the people whose lives are changed by Annie’s fierce determination and the beauty of her knoll nestled along the head-waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
It’s not hard to see how Gail Priest, pictured sitting in her “studio” with a view of the Easter Shore of Maryland, has come to understand so well the mind of a Chesapeake girl. Gail has played various roles in her artistic life: teacher, adjunct professor,counselor, actor, director and writer. She’s had projects at the Dayton Playhouse, the Church Hill Theatre, the Brick Playhouse, and Theatre Studio in New York.
This book is the first of a series about Annie’s courageous story. The second novel, Annie Crow Knoll, Sunset was released September 14, 2014, and the third, Annie Crow Knoll, Moonrise, is due soon. Gail is a good marketer of her five star work at book shows where she shows her enthusiastic persona to fans.