Saturday, May 14, 2022 3:00 PM
A Cappella Books
208 Haralson Avenue, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
For fans of Harper Lee and Rita Mae Brown, Roy Hoffman's new novel is steeped in a sense of place--coastal Alabama--with its rich tapestry of characters caught in a web of justice not for all.
A Cappella Books welcomes award-winning author and journalist Roy Hoffman for an afternoon discussion and signing of his book, “The Promise of the Pelican.” Hoffman will appear in conversation with Teresa Weaver, former book editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Atlanta Magazine.
This event is free and open to the public, and copies of the book will be available for purchase. Masks are required.
About the Book
At once a literary crime novel and an intergenerational family drama, “The Promise of the Pelican” is set in the multicultural South, where justice might depend on the color of your skin and your immigration status. Hank Weinberg is a modern-day Atticus Finch, recently retired as a defense attorney in Mobile, Alabama, and a Holocaust survivor, who fled the Nazis as a young child. With his daughter in rehab, he's now taking care of his special needs grandson. Mourning his dead wife, spending mornings fishing on the pier with other octogenarians, he passes the rest of his days watching over his sweet grandson with the help of Lupita, a young Honduran babysitter. When her brother Julio, an undocumented immigrant, is accused of murder, Hank must return to the courtroom to defend him while also trying to save his daughter and grandson's life from spinning out of control. “The Promise of the Pelican” takes its title from the legend that a pelican will pierce its own breast for blood to feed its starving chicks, a metaphor for one old man who risks all to save the vulnerable.
In a crisp prose style Harper Lee called "lean and clean," Hoffman writes from an enormous well of compassion. He fills his new novel with a cast of finely drawn characters of all ages and abilities facing life's harshest challenges and rising to meet them with dignity.
About the Author
Roy Hoffman is the award-winning author of the novels “Come Landfall,” “Chicken Dreaming Corn,” and “Almost Family,” and nonfiction “Alabama Afternoons” and “Back Home.” He has written essays for the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal and was a journalist and speechwriter in New York before returning south. He has reviewed numerous works for the New York Times Book Review and is on the faculty of Spalding University’s Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Writing. A native of Mobile and Tulane University graduate, he resides in Fairhope, Alabama.