Saga of an ambitious Family Traced from Virginia to Georgia
Sue Cato Gennings’ first novel traces two young immigrant brothers from early adulthood in Tidewater Virginia to successful entrepreneurship in northern Georgia during the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries. Penniless but energetic, the brothers struggle to refine and realize their dreams of family and business success. Their paths explore themes of family, ambition, honor, and maturation, finding resolutions as distinct as their characters.
“The virtues that make reading Sue Cato Gennings’ book so satisfying are the virtues that make being in fellowship so affirming: unconditional love, acceptance, generosity, kindness, and forgiveness. Besides—it's a satisfying read from cover to cover.”
—Dr. Randy Hyde, pastor, Pulaski Heights Baptist Church, Little Rock
“Entrepreneurs, both male and female, people this intimate tale of family and community life during the late 1800s and early 1900s in North Georgia. In the world they build, striving is tempered by magnanimity, prosperity is achieved without sacrificing generosity, and life-long friendships are not limited by racial differences. Highly recommended.”
—Judson Hout, author of The Ghost of Bud Parrott
“A gentle, poignant reminder of little-known yet truly important times, this book of grassroots stories speaks to the hope, love, and possibility of community, constructed without walls of bias or fear.”
—Lyn Ford, storyteller, speaker, and author of Beyond the Briar Patch
“I highly recommend this book to readers of stories that come from real life and focus on goodness, generosity, personal respect, and love that transcends differences, like race and social status, that trigger the prejudice in us. You’ll enjoy her story and come away feeling blessed.”
—Ray Higgins, Ph.D., minister & ethicist
“A testimony to the value of the oral tradition, this book weaves together a treasury of family stories about the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of a Northern white family’s migration from late-1800s Baltimore to north Georgia. Most astonishing for the time period is the family’s honorable and respectful relationship with the African-American community in which they found themselves living. Over a century later, we can still learn from this family’s example.”
—Sherry Norfolk, storyteller, author, and teaching artist
Hardback • $26.95 • 978-1-62491-117-0
416 Pages @ 6” x 9”
E-book • $13.99 • 978-1-62491-118-7
Herself descended from immigrants not unlike the protagonists, Sue Cato Gennings has enjoyed a long career in commercial real estate, specializing in hospitality properties. Well-known worldwide among motel/hotel owners and brokers, she owned her own real estate company for twenty-seven years. Active in her local church, Sue has worked tirelessly on the local, state, and national levels to promote racial harmony, social justice, and respect among all peoples. A native of Paragould, Arkansas, Gennings lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, where her career continues into her eighth decade.