Act of Grace

Act of Grace

Why would Grace Johnson, a bright, African-American high school senior, save the life of a Ku Klux Klansman named Jonathan Gilmore?

That question hovers over Grace’s hometown of Vigilant, Michigan, and few people, black or white, understand her actions—especially since rumor has it that many years ago, a member of the Gilmore family murdered several African-American residents. And if Grace had her way, she would not reveal the circumstances that led her to make what some deem to be a foolish sacrifice and an act of treason against her race.

The decision to remain silent, however, is not Grace’s to make, for the spirit of her ancestors have emerged and insist, in ways Grace cannot ignore, that she bear witness to the violent racial history that continues to divide the town of Vigilant. But when Grace discovers a century-old tale of a bloadsoaked, eye-for-eye vengeance that includes the mysterious death of her own father, she questions whether she has the ability and the will to accept the mind-bending spiritual challenge in front of her.

As Grace reluctantly embarks on the unlikeliest of journeys and into the magical world of the African-American traditions used by her ancestors to fight slavery and oppression, she undergoes a spiritual transformation that leads to the true nature of her calling: to lead Jonathan Gilmore, the town of Vigilant and her own soul on a path toward reconciliation, redemption and true grace.

Ordering Information:

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: Pint of Pennies Press (2013)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0982777949

ISBN-13: 978-0982777947

  1. Karen, Can I just say that I am sooooooo way beyond excited for you and proud and all the other stuff that goes with it. Congrats to my fellow Hurston-Wright WW alum I can’t wait to get my copy! :o)

  2. You inspire me. I am really looking forward to having you sign a copy for me. When and where will you be reading locally?


  3. Karen has written a brave and powerful story. I hope all who read it will understand the destructive folly of race politics and the willful separation of people who are, after all, everyone of them, all human beings.

  4. Karen,
    How did you happen to pick the town “Vigilant”? Is it a real town in Michigan? Should I be looking for a connection between the name of the town and something in the story line?

  5. Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 – 3:30pm

    Congratulations Karen,

    On behalf of Go On Girl! Book Club, it is my pleasure to inform you that you have been selected as the organization’s 2012 New Author of the Year for your book, ACT OF GRACE. GOG members overwhemingly voted to bestow this honor upon you for this wonderful novel.

    Go On Girl! Book Club was founded in 1991 in New York City and today is one of the largest national, non-profit reading organizations in the U.S. dedicated to supporting writers of the African Diaspora. The organization has 31 chapters in 13 states including New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, Illinois, Virginia, Indiana, South Carolina, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina and the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.

    We would be honored if you would accept your award in person at our 21st Annual Author Awards dinner on Saturday, June 1st – 6pm – 10pm at the Sheraton Atlantic City Convention Center Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. We would also like to request your participation in our GOG Author Meet & Greet immediately following the awards dinner. The events will take place at the hotel as follows:

    – Sat., June 1st – GOG Author Awards Dinner – 6pm – 8pm
    – Sat., June 1st – GOG Meet & Greet – 8:30pm – 10pm

    Go On Girl! Book Club will provide the following:

    – Two (2) dinner tickets for you and a guest
    – Complimentary hotel room for one (1) night at the Sheraton AC Convention Center Hotel
    – Roundtrip ground transportation to and from the airport or train station in Atlantic City, NJ
    – Sale of your book by onsight vendor, MahoganyBooks

    That night, we will also honor our 2012 Author of the Year, Marlon James (THE BOOK OF NIGHT WOMEN), Life Achievement awardees and our Go On Girl! Book Club scholarship winners.

    Karen, congratulations once again, please let me know by February 15th if you will be able to join us for this magical event.

    Thank you!

    Tracey Y. Smith
    National Media & Author Relations
    Go On Girl! Book Club
    (646) 489-6873 – Cell

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