Release Date: May 6, 2022
About The Book:
In 1890, when a nursing assistant job opens at the New York Cancer Hospital, young Lillian Dolan hurries to apply, eager to pursue her dream career. Working there would require her to find a babysitter for the blind and mute sister in her care, but Lillian is undaunted. She patches together a plan after landing the job, assuming she has now triumphed over the greatest challenge associated with her employment.
But Lillian soon runs into troubling work situations, including a shocking request from a patient and unwanted attention from an all-powerful surgeon. Faced with moral quandaries and even possible arrest over one of her decisions, Lillian summons her best qualities to resolve things—determination, quick thinking, and fairness—but she’s soon out of her depth. As work challenges escalate, so do family issues, leaving Lillian with one friend and ally: Jupiter, the young Black man who runs the hospital crematorium.
Sometimes, though, one friend is enough.
About The Author:
Connie Hertzberg Mayo grew up in Westchester County, NY, but came to Massachusetts to get a Literature degree from Tufts University and never ended up leaving. Her first book, The Island of Worthy Boys, was published in 2015 by She Writes Press and won an “IPPY” – the 2016 Gold Medal for Best Regional Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Connie’s short story, “Little Breaks”, was published by Calyx Journal in 2017.
Her latest novel, The Sharp Edge of Mercy, will be published by Heliotrope Books in May 2022.
Connie works as a Systems Analyst and empty-nests with her husband and two feuding cats.https://conniemayo.com/
THE SHARP EDGE OF MERCY is a stunning tale of a woman caught between the ethics of the day and the truth of the human heart. Mayo writes with enormous
eloquence, transporting the reader into the distant past in a manner that feels familiar and immersive. An absolutely riveting book!”—CRYSTAL KING, author of Feast of Sorrow and The
“With sharp dialogue and a rich setting, this work of historical fiction had me rooting for Lillian from the first pages.”—EMILY CAVANAGH, author of Her Guilty
Secret and Everybody Lies
“A timely novel that speaks of racism, economic disparities, and the role of the frontline healthcare workers in the hospital setting… a captivating window
into a bygone era that reminds us that as much as things change, some things stay the same. This is a beautifully written book you won’t put down until the last page.”—LYNNE HINTON, New York Times bestselling authorof The Beekeeper’s Wife and The View From Here
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