Act of Grace

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Overview

Why would Grace Johnson, an African American high school senior, take a bullet to save the life of a Ku Klux Klansman named Jonathan Gilmore?

The question hovers unanswered over Grace's hometown of Vigilant, Michigan. Few people, black or white, understand her sacrifice, especially since rumor has it years ago a member of Gilmore's family murdered several African Americans including Grace's father. Grace doesn't want to talk about it, but the decision to speak is not hers to ...

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Overview

Why would Grace Johnson, an African American high school senior, take a bullet to save the life of a Ku Klux Klansman named Jonathan Gilmore?

The question hovers unanswered over Grace's hometown of Vigilant, Michigan. Few people, black or white, understand her sacrifice, especially since rumor has it years ago a member of Gilmore's family murdered several African Americans including Grace's father. Grace doesn't want to talk about it, but the decision to speak is not hers to make. Ancestor spirits emerge to insist, in ways Grace cannot ignore, that she bear witness to her town's violent racial history so that all involved might transcend it.

With hindsight made telescopic by the wisdom found in African American mythology and the book The Velveteen Rabbit, Grace recounts a story of eye-for-an-eye vengeance that has blinded entire generations in her hometown. Faced with the horrific crimes that have disfigured her life, Grace wonders if in the end, she can do as the spirits have asked and lead Mr. Gilmore, the town of Vigilant and her own soul on a journey toward reconciliation, redemption and true grace.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780991641901
  • Publisher: Pint of Pennies Media
  • Publication date: 8/19/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,258,381
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Simpson resides in Ann Arbor Michigan and received her bachelor's degree in Animal Husbandry from Michigan State University. She also has an M.A. in Foreign and International Trade and a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University. A historic preservationist trained in heritage interpretation and administration, the subjects and themes from her fiction are often taken from the stories she discovers while doing historical research.
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  • Posted January 7, 2012

    Live To Read

    Grace has not had it easy and is looking to get out of her small town and get away from her mother. Her mother appears to hate Grace at times for no reason, her dad passed away long ago. Grace just wants to graduate and leave. Grace turns eighteen and experiences an unusual event. Her paternal side contacts her and tells her that she is special, she is able to access the spirit world. From the spirit world she learns disturbing things about the death of her father and disappearance of town children from the past.


    Grace's character will be easy to connect to from the first couple of chapters on. She is sweet, intelligent, and witty. The reader will likely feel sympathy for her and root for her throughout the book. The other characters can be either a hit or a miss depending on the reader. The events of this book are intriguing and exciting. The reader gets to follow Grace through her very different life and experience what Grace experiences. The mystery behind the disappearance of the children and her fathers' death is interesting. The undertone of the novel is filled with suspense and sets the tone of the novel for the reader. The author's way of writing is lyrical and poetic, the reader will love the style. This book is recommended to young adult/adult readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

    Karen Simpson tells a wonderful, compelling story in rich poetic

    Karen Simpson tells a wonderful, compelling story in rich poetic prose. The tagline, "Why would Grace Johnson, a bright, African-American high school senior, save the life of a Ku Klux Klansman named Jonathan Gilmore?" is a bit misleading. Nearing the end of the story I was afraid I'd missed the scene where this incident happens, but the journey that leads up to it, and the language that flows like "Peace Like a River" made it all worthwhile. Simpson is a writer who loves the language and turns many a memorable phrase. It is a joy to read, and I look forward to her next novel. Karen! Write faster!

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

    A very different kind of story about racism

    Act of Grace deals with racism in a very different way, a town in Michigan with huge secrets about it and how a 18 year old girl with a "gift" made it all come out. The story is written in such a way that you could feel the confusion of how she was dealing with it all including the "gift" which related to African ancestors which her mother tried to beat out of her when she was very young and seeing people. It was very good and interesting reading and the author had some very interesting descriptions of things from this girl's thoughts about some things like "rain tap dancing on the window" and some others that were different descriptions I've never heard anyone use before yet they felt like normal thoughts of an intelligent girl. It was interesting how the secrets all came out and why she saved someone who was a member of the Klu Klux Klan. Imagine finding out you have this gift and how weird it seems as it develops, the author brings you into that amazingly well. And the visions cause you to be very hungry afterwards and sometimes very stressed out by what is seen or told to you... I could relate a bit to the story since I have premonitions which can cause others to think your a bit crazy if you mention it. Would love to read more by this author!

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