Praise for In The Heart of Texas:
“Ginger McKnight-Chavers expertly fuses politics, pop culture and hot topics surrounding race to create one of the most rousingly inspiring reads of fall.”
“Everything is bigger in Texas—the hair, the real estate, and the drama in the pages of In The Heart of Texas. Forty-one-year-old soap star Jo Randolph manages to lose her Hollywood dream and burn all Tinseltown bridges in the span of 24 hours—literally. Caught in a PR nightmare, her agent ships her off to her Texas hometown and she desperately tries to reconnect to life beyond the limelight.”
“Funny, smart and compulsively readable! Ginger McKnight has a hit on her hands. And Terry McMillan fans can rejoice that they can add a new favorite writer to their list!”
—Heidi W. Durrow, New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
About the Book:
Pitched as “a poor man’s Halle Berry,” forty-one-year-old soap star Jo Randolph, has successfully avoided waiting tables since she left Midland, Texas at eighteen. But then, in the span of twenty-four hours, Jo manages to lose her job, burn her bridges in Hollywood, and accidentally burn down her lover/director’s beach house—after which she is shipped home to Texas by her agent to stay out of sight while she sorts out her situation.
The more Jo reluctantly reconnects with her Texas “roots” and the family and friends she left behind, the more she regains touch with herself as an artist and with what is meaningful in life beyond the limelight. The summer of 2007 is cathartic for Jo, whose career and lifestyle have allowed her to live like a child for forty years, but who now must transition to making grown-up decisions and taking on adult responsibilities. In the Heart of Texas is a wry, humorous commentary on the complexities of race, class, relationships, politics, popular culture, and celebrity in our current society.
About the Author
A native of Dallas, Texas, Ginger McKnight-Chavers is a graduate of Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and Harvard Law School. She was a Kathryn Gurfein Writing Fellow at Sarah Lawrence College, and her debut novel, In the Heart of Texas, will be released in Fall 2016 by She Writes Press.
McKnight-Chavers currently blogs for Huffington Post and TexPatch, and she lives in WestChester County, New York, with her husband, daughter, and an overweight West Highland White Terrier.
McKnight-Chavers has a wonderful gift for storytelling. I really enjoyed the main character the forty-one year old soap star Jo Randolph who loses everything in a blink of an eye. She loses her job, and her career in Hollywood to suddenly have to return home to Texas.Jo finds herself struggling to reconnect with family and friends that she left behind twenty years ago, but at the same time losing touch with her artistic side in the process of regaining her stability in Texas. This book is hilariously funny, witty, and I could not wait to turn each page to find what happened to this complex character Jo.
I loved how each chapter lured the reader into Jo Randolph’s personal story. This is a coming home story that I could definitely relate to on several different levels. I experience some similar feelings after leaving home to pursue my college career, and shortly after making the move from Michigan to Atlanta for better opportunities for my growing family. I think that I can add McKnight-Chavers as one of my new favorite writers. I simply adored the captivating way each word moved carefully through the page. I would highly suggest this gripping novel for any online book club, women’s group, book swap, or just a fun read for a busy-on-the go mom like myself, who just enjoys relaxing with an awesome novel!