Victims of Abuse Find A Second Chance at Life in Alena Dillon’s ‘Mercy House’ [REVIEW]

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A Brooklyn nun will do whatever it takes to protect the women she shelters in Alena Dillon’s debut novel, Mercy House. (Photo courtesy Canva)

She lives by a strict moral code and has a strong sense of justice. The people in her charge are like family and she’ll do whatever it takes to protect them. But she’s not a cop. She doesn’t even work in the justice system. Instead, she’s a nun who won’t take flack from anyone. Welcome to Mercy House. Read more of this post

Brooklyn: Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor and Your Schleppers [GUEST POST]

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Thelma Adams, author of Bittersweet Brooklyn, fondly remembers a lifetime growing up on the other side of the bridge. (Photo by Marco, Flickr)

There are few places I think of more fondly than Brooklyn. Having lived just off the Promenade during the early 1990s, I can still feel the crisp air on my skin as I walked up Cranberry toward High Street to get a slice. The neighborhood shimmered with red and gold foliage even as the leaves danced to the throbbing music of city traffic as it echoed around the brownstones and toward the Hudson. I loved everything about that period in my life. Yet as beloved as my time was there, my residence was short, even if my memories are still vivid twenty-five years later. Writer Thelma Adams, however, spent a lifetime there and today she stops by to tell us why she always returns to Brooklyn, literally and in her writing, and what makes it such a special place. Enjoy! —J&H Read more of this post