Ruth Perkinson jumped onto the literary scene just a few short years ago and is already establishing herself as a voice to be heard. With the release of her first book, Vera's Still Point, she debuted as an author who was willing to put her story and reputation on the line. The story itself takes place in a rural county in Virginia where two educators come face-to-face with her worst fears: one falls in love; the other fails in battle over getting gay sex education in the family-life curriculum at the school where she teaches. All of this embroiled over a love affair between homely, ugly Vera and the statuesque, Frankie Bourdon.
Then, with her second novel, Piper's Someday, Perkinson details a story of a lonely girl and her lame dog and their journey together. The little girl, Piper, has lost everyone to a drunk driving accident and is sent to live with her booze drinking grandfather who doesn't even know she exists. Her dog, Someday, sidles to her and the summer of her twelfth year becomes one readers will never forget. And, the best part is that the dog does not die. Ruth Perkinson grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she was a poor girl in a rich school district. An average student, Perkinson excelled in athletics but finally found her niche when she moved into the historic district of town and attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she earned a B.S. in English Education. After having taught English and coaching basketball and trying to write manuscripts on her time off, Perkinson now works for her publisher: Spinsters Ink. Her third book, Breaking Spirit Bridge, is due out in May 2008. The most exciting day of the week for Perkinson is when she takes her certified therapy dog, River, to the Virginia Home on Fridays. Her dog River will be featured on PBS's "Virginia Currents" this year. You can see them both at www.ruthperkinson.net
Breaking Spirit Bridge
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