Marie Murphy Duess ...
History author, novelist, freelance writer, graphic artist, and marketing specialist 

Holding Silk

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Holding Silk is a story about the power of love, the need for hope, and the necessity of having faith in other people, in yourself, and in God.

This interracial story is about a  relationship between two women that survives more than 70 years, and it is a testament to the fact that sometimes friendship is stronger than family bonds.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do...I love this tender story.

When Eva “Silk” Worth takes her best friend’s four-year-old daughter into her home for a few months, neither Silk nor the confused and vulnerable little girl know that those months together will create a bond between them that can never be broken—not by time, marriage, birth, fire, or the difference in the color of their skin.

Silk and her husband Terrence provide Laura with the only solid foundation she knows. Throughout seven decades—from World War II, the German Bunds in America, The March on Washington, and everything in between—Laura depends on her beautiful “Auntie Silk” to help her survive despair and accept joy.  And the older woman clings to that love to fill a void in her own life—even when it hurts others.

Eventually, they are faced with Silk’s mortality, yet neither one is willing to let go of the other…until Silk’s guardian angel intervenes and draws Laura into a tug of war.

As always, I thank my editors, Kathleen Pisauro and Emily Dibala for their excellent editing, sharp eyes, and constant support. They are brilliant.

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