Savoy Bookshop & Café presents an open house book signing with local author Sally Ann Sims for her novel Yellow Sky, Emerald Sea, about the 1938 hurricane. This event is free and open to the public.
About the Book
“A lovely, intelligent novel. Yellow Sky, Emerald Sea possesses timeless and universal appeal and will give pleasure to any reader who appreciates good literature.” —Mark Spencer, Winner of Omaha Prize for the Novel
In the afternoon of September 21, 1938, a deadly hurricane bludgeons New England’s south coast with no warning. On a sandy point straddling Rhode Island and Connecticut, all the summer houses—with their owners clinging to roofs—blow into the bay. The next day, an aspiring reporter picks up a pen to interview his surviving neighbors. Will their memories survive?
Readers whose tastes run to Alexander McCall Smith, Rita Mae Brown, and Anne Tyler will enjoy this feel-good contemporary story honoring the survivors of the Hurricane of 1938 in Rhode Island. In this literary, yet fast-paced tale laced with intrigue, corruption, and romance, protagonist Vieve Clough Beale, portrait artist, recovering alcoholic, and widow with storm wreckage of a different sort, arrives on the Weekapaug Coast in the run-up to the eightieth anniversary of the hurricane to visit her beloved Uncle Carl, retired jewelry magnate. When he doesn’t show for dinner, Vieve—accompanied by her feisty terrier mix, Jack West—stay on to search for him. As the search drags on, Vieve accepts an invitation from charismatic acrylic artist Marley Kinnell to compete together in a mural competition for the hurricane’s eightieth anniversary commemoration. And then Vieve’s beloved terrier goes missing. What Vieve finds as she delves into preparations for the commemoration and the increasingly threatening activities at an abandoned coastal fort tests her loyalties and upends her future just as the town faces its own memories of hell and grace.
The contemporary story, threaded with powerful hurricane-day vignettes of death and survival, is a resonant tale of love, ambition, loss, and the rich legacy of time and memory.
About the Author
Sally Ann Sims is a writer and conservation scientist. Sally's fiction combines literary, suspense, thriller, and romance elements. Her first novel, Halt at X, A North of Boston Novel, explores the quirky, ambition-laced world of philanthropic fundraising, the joys and challenges of ex-racehorse rehab, and how to survive when your world comes unraveled…and someone’s out for you. Sally’s literary influences include M.L. Stedman, Alexander McCall Smith, Anne Tyler, Jane Urquhart, and Rita Mae Brown. Literature, art, history, and nature—human nature and the outdoor kind—are her passions. She holds a BA in English and an MS in conservation biology. Before earning her Master’s degree, Sally worked as a technical editor and philanthropic fundraiser. She also has published personal essays in the Christian Science Monitor. Living on the East Coast, she now splits her time between writing novels and consulting on wildlife conservation and climate change adaptation.