As the universe inexplicably continues to chug along despite, or is it in spite, of the current state of the world, I'm really honored to support efforts to bring Old New Worlds by Judith Krummeck out into the wider world. To quote a recent piece in the Baltimore Post-Examiner:
"The focus of Krummeck’s book is her great-great grandmother – Sarah Williams. Born in England, she later married in 1815, George Barker, also British, a Protestant missionary, and want-to-be minister. Thanks to his church connections, they then set sail pronto for Cape Town, South Africa. He hoped to sustain a missionary post and gain entry into the clergy. Previously, Sarah had worked as a housemaid and George as a blacksmith. Sarah was his second choice for a bride, but that didn’t seem to bother her. Krummeck wonders: “Was he on the rebound?
"Krummeck relates Sarah’s difficult tale of survival and triumph, through genealogical searchings, and via diaries and letters. She also visits various missions stations in South Africa. She also writes of her own ersonal story of immigration from South Africa to America. Her narrative slowly becomes intertwined with the development of Sarah’s drama into what the author called a “deep emotional bond” with her beloved ancestor."
And what could be more interesting than all of that?
Nothing I can think of.
Please let me know if you have any questions and/or are interested in reviewing the book, interviewing the author, writing think pieces or generally engaging in the hype we're looking to generate for this most "compelling" of books. For much more on all things Old New Worlds please do go here.