ABOUT ROOM OF TEARS
At 9:59 a.m. on September 11, 2001, Diane O’Connor’s life as a firefighter’s wife changes forever, shattering her faith. Four decades later, a note still hangs on her kitchen cabinet in Queens, the paper yellowed with age. Diane knows the scribbled sentences by heart; she’d left them the morning of 9/11 for her husband, Billy.
In the summer of 2041, Diane invites Friar Antonio Ortiz to her home. He is a man destined to become counsel to the first American pope – her son, Peter. Antonio asks no questions and arrives in secret, promising to wait nineteen years before passing Diane’s journal to Peter. Only then will Billy’s story be told, along with answers to Peter’s questions about his father’s last days.
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ABOUT LINDA MERLINO
Linda Merlino is a writer and the author of Room of Tears (July 23 2013), Hudson Catalina (2008-Belly of the Whale & re-release 9/14/12), Swan Boat Souvenir (self-published 2003) She began writing fiction as a young mother on the sidelines of endless soccer practices and wrote anytime any place. A manuscript filled a carton in the back seat of her car. Many years have passed since those early beginnings, but Linda’s work continues to be inspired by her children.
Ms Merlino has a fascination with heroes and writes her fiction to honor ordinary men and women who react unselfishly in extraordinary circumstances. She extends her gratitude to all who keep us safe and free. Linda grew up outside of Boston, after leaving Massachusetts she lived for many years in New York City and more recently calls Connecticut her home.