Live Stream: Terry Roberts Launches My Mistress' Eyes Are Raven Black, in conversation with Wayne Caldwell

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Ellis Island, 1920. New York Harbor's immigration and public health authorities are slowly recovering from the war years when a young, pregnant Irish woman disappears from the Isolation Hospital on Ellis Island.

Stephen Robbins, a specialist in finding missing persons, is assigned the case. Yet when he arrives at the isolation hospital, he discovers an inexplicable string of deaths and disappearances among immigrant patients...and a staff that seems to be hiding a chilling secret. Stephen finds an ally in Lucy Paul, an undercover nurse who is also investigating the mysterious incidents. Together, they begin to unearth a horrifying conspiracy masked beneath the hospital's charitable exterior. As Stephen and Lucy get closer to the truth and each other, they are swept directly into the danger haunting Ellis Island and become the next targets.

Amidst growing racial tensions in the wake of World War I, My Mistress' Eyes are Raven Black explores the disturbing lengths to which people will go to protect racial purity and condemn those they fear.

Terry Roberts is the author of three celebrated novels: A Short Time to Stay Here (winner of the Willie Morris Prize for Southern Fiction and the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction); That Bright Land (winner of the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award, the James Still Award for Writing About the Appalachian South and the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction); and most recently, The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival (a finalist for the 2019 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction). Roberts is a lifelong teacher and educational reformer as well as an award-winning novelist. He is a native of the mountains of Western North Carolina--born and bred. His ancestors include six generations of mountain farmers, as well as the bootleggers and preachers who appear in his novels. He was raised close by his grandmother, Belva Anderson Roberts, who was born in 1888 and passed down to him the magic of the past along with the grit and humor of mountain storytelling. Currently, Roberts is the Director of the National Paideia Center and lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife, Lynn.

Wayne Caldwell was born in Asheville, North Carolina, and was educated at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University, and Duke University. The author of Cataloochee, he began writing fiction in the late 1990s. Caldwell lives near Asheville with his wife, Mary.


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My Mistress' Eyes Are Raven Black Cover Image
ISBN: 9781684426942
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Turner - July 27th, 2021

That Bright Land Cover Image
ISBN: 9781630269753
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Published: Turner - June 14th, 2016

Requiem By Fire Cover Image
ISBN: 9780965865708
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Leaning Chair Press - November 24th, 2020

Cataloochee: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812973730
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - June 10th, 2008

SKU: x672389