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Revelation : a novel

by Goodwin, Bobi Gentry,

Format: Print Book 2019
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Summary
Social workers often reminisce about their first time "freezing"--the dreaded stillness from emotions so strong that they take the body hostage. Angela Lovelace is a well-trained social worker: she has been working for Child Protective Services in San Francisco for nearly five years and has never frozen, never had a sleepless night. But after she sees her father's tattered picture on the apartment wall of a little boy whose addict mother just died, she must learn how to overcome the numbness--and sets out to uncover the truth.While Angela conducts her investigation, she finds her family and personal life spiraling down into brokenness; as she peels away layer after layer of secrets, her brother navigates the ravages of substance abuse, and her sister struggles with infertility. The Lovelace family must look to their faith in God and each other to discover their own resilience and put the pieces of their splintered lives back together again.Told from multiple perspectives across generations, Revelation explores how untreated mental illness and family secrets ricochet and can impact each and every family member--and the importance of perseverance, love, and hope.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Angela Lovelace excels in her career as a social worker, but she is thrown by the tragic overdose of a young mother who left behind a young son and, most puzzlingly, a picture of Angela's father. There is a lot the Lovelace family cannot talk about, which becomes clear as first-novelist Goodwin switches perspectives among patriarch Robert, struggling with his retirement; sister Sharyn, whose husband refuses to address their heartbreaking infertility; and youngest Kevon, who self-medicates with alcohol. Though each narrator is given equal page time, Angela is the heart of the story as she chases answers to her father's involvement with her case and tries unsuccessfully to be as patient as the Reverend Broussard wants her to be when there are other men willing to treat her right. Though each character faces a crisis of faith, religion is what ties this proud Black family together. Ultimately, it is faith, along with professional therapy, that saves them. Wonderfully realistic dialogue and relatably fallible characters mark Goodwin's debut for readers who appreciate Vanessa Davis Griggs and Kimberla Lawson Roby.--Susan Maguire Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects African Americans -- Fiction.
Social workers -- Fiction.
Families -- Fiction.
Family secrets -- Fiction.
Mental illness -- Fiction.
Faith -- Fiction.
Christian fiction.
Publisher Berkeley, CA :2019
Other Titles Revelation
Language English
Description 288 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781631526060
1631526065
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