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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Coming of Age
  • Language:English
  • Pages:393
  • eBook ISBN:9781612548357

I Know Why Mama Cried

by Rita Chapman

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Overview
This compelling novel follows Mims Meissen, a German Catholic girl raised in Depression-era rural Texas, as she comes to terms with her church, her father’s religious fanaticism, as well as her mother’s battle with mounting scruples and pills. When the parish priest asks the Meissen family to take in a rebellious boy from the state reformatory, her father agrees, convinced that God has finally found a way to give him a son. But when the boy rapes Mims, her father rushes her to the priest to confess, convinced that his daughter initiated the despicable act. In years following, Mims buries the horrid memory of the rape and her father’s ultimate betrayal. When she becomes a wife and mother, her shame and guilt ignite with a latent anger to create in her gruesome thoughts of inflicting violence on her loved ones. One night, she stands beside her baby’s crib, her rosary in one hand, and in the other, a ribbon with which she would strangle her baby. Will she succumb to the power of her anger, or will the God of her father and her church save her?
Description
This compelling novel follows Mims Meissen, a German Catholic girl raised in Depression-era rural Texas, as she comes to terms with her church, her father’s religious fanaticism, as well as her mother’s battle with mounting scruples and pills. When the parish priest asks the Meissen family to take in a rebellious boy from the state reformatory, her father agrees, convinced that God has finally found a way to give him a son. But when the boy rapes Mims, her father rushes her to the priest to confess, convinced that his daughter initiated the despicable act. In years following, Mims buries the horrid memory of the rape and her father’s ultimate betrayal. When she becomes a wife and mother, her shame and guilt ignite with a latent anger to create in her gruesome thoughts of inflicting violence on her loved ones. One night, she stands beside her baby’s crib, her rosary in one hand, and in the other, a ribbon with which she would strangle her baby. Will she succumb to the power of her anger, or will the God of her father and her church save her?
About the author
Born and raised in a small North Texas town, I was blessed to grow up in a large family, with a ringside seat to a conglomeration of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. I was also blessed, from early on, with an observant eye, an ability to commit to memory the endless complexities of life, particularly in the area of family relationships. Upon receiving my BS degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, I taught third grade in the Dallas metropolitan area. I later entered graduate school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where I studied speech therapy and worked with dyslexic children. My eventual marriage, and the astonishing task of raising four children (losing one to the ravages of a cancerous brain tumor) deepened my awareness of the complexities of the human condition, the sharp twists and turns. I found expression in a column I wrote for a Sunday magazine of the Dallas Morning News, which dealt with both the joys and sorrows of family life. In addition, I wrote human interest articles for several magazines. Then the most unexpected task befell me upon the death of my husband. The shareholders of his small, high-tech firm voted me in to take his place as CEO. Me! A housewife, mother, former school teacher, room mother, and writer. A CEO without an ounce of executive experience! It was a world foreign to me. One I would have drowned in had it not been for the competent and sensitive corporate attorneys who walked by my side those couple of years, through every difficult decision along the way, to the completion of the sale of the company. The diversity of my life’s experiences combine and drive me to set pen to paper, and under that protective blanket of fiction, I attempt to translate truths I have learned about human nature, the secrets we lock away forever in the tombs of our hearts. I write of human failings and seeming successes. I write passionately of family loyalty and forgiveness—for they are the most important cornerstones of a civilized society. I presently live in Plano, Texas, where I pursue my love of writing, traveling, gardening, and spending time with my family and friends.

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