DALLAS (PRWEB) July 18, 2012
In her new novel “The Tysen Hotel" (published by iUniverse), Donna Gormly introduces readers to a woman trying to find her place while fighting against her Baptist preacher for what she believes to be right.
Nothing in the air Saturday evening in May of 1950 predicts that from Naomi Hollister’s kitchen at the Tysen Hotel to the pulpit of the First Baptist Church, few will be left unscarred in body or spirit by the conflict that erupts at Tysen’s Annual Pie Supper.
Certainly, Naomi can’t know the fight that begins between Sample Forney and Ray Redeem will be one she takes up. She can’t guess her opponent will not be Sample Forney, who lusts after young Alice Tolney, or Alice’s father, Webster Tolney, who agrees to barter her away to Sample. But the challenge is Naomi’s own Baptist preacher, Busby Howard, a man who likes wearing his mantle in Tysen; it marks him as the leader of his community. In small Missouri towns, most of the folks know the Trinity is made up of God, the Father; God, the Son; and god, the Baptist preacher. Howard is no exception, and he makes sure his flock understands.
“The Tysen Hotel” presents a novel of the struggle for love and faith against an onslaught of greed, lust, and a preacher’s damnation in a small town in the foot-hills of the Ozarks.
Gormly drew inspiration for the story from her own experiences. She was raised by her father who was a preacher, and she eventually went on to earn advanced degrees and to build a successful career in the fields of education and writing.
She believes her story is even more relevant today than in 1950. She encourages readers to question those in power, those who use their bully pulpits and bully political podiums, to tell us what we have to believe or not to believe, and those who condemn anyone who votes differently or prays differently. She believes all people have a God-given right to think for themselves.
About the Author
Donna Gormly was a professor of English and creative writing. Her short story, “Joy,” appears in Out of Dallas, which she co-edited with Jane Roberts Wood and Sally Schrup. This is her first novel. Gormly lives with her husband, Paul, and their dog, Jennie, in Dallas.
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