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Author Lecture: Wade Rouse Writing as Viola Shipman

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Author Lecture:

Wade Rouse Writing as Viola Shipman

Wade Rouse The Hope Chest

Join us on Wednesday, April 5th for an Author Lecture with Wade Rouse. Wade Rouse will be discussing his second book The Hope Chest written under the pen name Viola Shipman (as a homage to his grandmother). This story tells of the discovery of one woman’s heirloom hope chest as it unveils precious memories and helps three people who have each lost a part of themselves find joy once again. The lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC).

The Hope Chest will be released March 21, 2017; please join us for a special launch event on that date at the Library with the author!

The Hope Chest tells the story of one woman’s heirloom hope chest that unveils precious memories and helps three people who have each lost a part of themselves find joy once again.
Ever since she was diagnosed with ALS, fiercely independent Mattie doesn’t feel like herself. She can’t navigate her beloved home, she can’t go for a boat ride, and she can barely even feed herself. Her devoted husband, Don, doesn’t want to imagine life without his wife of nearly fifty years, but Mattie isn’t likely to make it past their anniversary.

But when Rose, Mattie’s new caretaker, and her young daughter, Jeri, enter the couple’s life, happiness and the possibility for new memories return. Together they form a family, and Mattie is finally able to pass on her memories from the hope chest she received from her mother.
With each item—including a favorite doll, family dishes, an embroidered apron, and an antique Christmas ornament—the hope chest connects Mattie, Don and Rose to each other and helps them find hope again in the face of overwhelming life challenges.

A beautiful story about the unconditional love and support of family, The Hope Chest will remind you that hope can be found where and when you least expect it.

Viola Shipman, whose first novel was The Charm Bracelet, is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist.  Rouse chose his grandmother’s name to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel, which is a tribute to all of our elders. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other publications, and is a contributor to All Things Considered.  To date, The Charm Bracelet has been translated into nine languages.

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