POSTED: Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 5:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, May 18, 2013 - 5:04pm
BATON ROUGE, La — On Sunday, May 19, BREC's Baton Rouge Gallery of Contemporary Art ("BRG"), 1515 Dalrymple Drive, welcomes author Carolyn Ricapito to its popular Sundays@4 series for a reading from her debut novel, "Woman from Turnback County," a story loosely based on her great-grandmother.
All Sundays@4 presentations are free and open to the public at the gallery, located inside BREC’s Historic City Park.
Ricapito’s "Woman from Turnback County" tells the story of twelve-year-old Dovie, a pampered Welsh girl who – along with her older sister - escapes mistreatment at the hands of her stepmother in favor of Civil War-era New York City where she encounters society beauties, street urchins and draft rioters. Despite her pride, she works as a servant in the house of a rich merchant. Eventually she travels west in search of a home and a fami! ly and finds the love of a Cheyenne Indian only to become a widow by the age of 15. After his death, she marries a soldier in the Union Army who she raises a large family with in Turnback County, Missouri. Her husband eventually betrays Dovie in the arms of another woman and loses their property. Dovie then makes a home for herself and her many children in Indian Territory and becomes a tough, old woman who is the matriarch of a large and important family with a tender heart for a hard-luck story.
A resident of Baton Rouge, Carolyn Ricapito grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma where her family has lived since the 1890s. She has always enjoyed family stories that incorporated the early days of Oklahoma (the Land Runs, Sooners and the oil boom – each of which appear in "Woman from Turnback County").
For more information on BREC's Baton Rouge Gallery of Contemporary Art's Sundays@4 series or this presentation specifically, call 225-383-1470 or visit batonrougegallery.org.