First Friday Author Round Up- Eric Grizzle
02/01/2013, 06:00 pm
First Friday Author Round Up- Eric Grizzle Start: Feb 1 2013 6:00 pm Page & Palette presents local author Eric Grizzle to sign Frederic: The Transforming Power of a Storm, Friday, February 1, 6-8:00 p.m. during Fairhope's First Friday Artwalk. About the Book In August of 1979, Hurricane Frederic formed in the Caribbean and then weakened to a tropical depression before it could come ashore. In the peculiar, unpredictable manner of storms, Frederic reorganized and was born again as a hurricane, roaring toward the coast and causing millions of dollars in damage when it struck two weeks later. This is the fictionalized account of five families in the Midtown district of Mobile, AL, who experience Frederic’s devastating power. Richard and Alan, best friends since childhood, are on a fishing trip when Frederic churns up the gulf, leaving loved ones to live with both dread and hope. Andrew, a teenager, struggles to take care of the house and his mother in his father’s absence. A young pastor, experiencing his first hurricane, realizes he must keep the church open as people seek both physical and spiritual shelter. A retired firefighter named Man reaches out to help his neighbors for the first time in years. Each person faces Frederic on the outside while confronting entirely different inner storms—guilt, pain, and the search for purpose and meaning. Old wounds are healed even in the midst of loss and grief, sprinkled with the unexpected moments of humor that are part of our ability to cope with trauma and reach toward wholeness. In Frederic, God’s glory is revealed not only in sunshine and laughter but in the wind, the waves, and the storms, culminating in triumphant transformation.