Stories about finding hope in the aftermath of estrangement, lost love, loneliness, and abuse
Compelling and touching--JoAnn Stevelos's, Howard Be Thy Name is a novel told with tenderness and even-handed compassion but expands into a fully realized portrait of the complexities of heartbreak, estrangement, secret lives, and abuse. Set in Albany, in 1968, we follow the story of Evie Edwards, divorced, and a mother of four children, who falls in love with Howard Russo, a newly ordained Catholic priest. Unyielding to the consequences their relationship will have on her children, Evie throws herself and her children into a life of secrecy, lies, and betrayals. The story begins with Evie confronting a heartbreaking revelation that forces her to decide between her children and Howard. Howard Be Thy Name is a story rooted in finding reasons for the complicated ways we fail our children in spite of our best intentions and the desire to give them a better life. Based on a true story--Howard Be thy Name will serve as validation for silenced victims and cuts to the heart of why families keep secrets that harm their children."
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