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PEGGY CHITTENDEN BROWN received her Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas. She teaches creative writing and humanities at Collin College in Plano, Texas, and has been named the outstanding professor of the college. In 2008, she was named Piper Professor by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation of the State of Texas. She has exhibited photography in regional galleries and published short stories, poetry, and academic articles. Strangler Figs is her first novel; she is now working on her second with the working title of Instincts.
Miriam Kalman Friedman
on June 12, 2012 :
Peggy Brown creates a fresh version of a feminist heroine, an investigative reporter with a personal agenda. In Romona’s search to discover the perpetrator of a horrific crime, she uncovers the mysteries of her ancestry and discovers the gift of her heritage.
Her journey, an adventure into Native American lore intersects with the Catholic Church and the corrupt Opus Dei. Independent and courageous, yet vulnerable and naïve, Ramona must learn to recognize evil among her allies, distrust the obvious and out wit her enemies. Thus, Strangler Figs becomes a novel of initiation that moves from the reservations in the Southwest across the ocean to Barcelona and Ibiza.
Exciting and unpredictable, this is Brown’s first novel—I’m waiting for her next one.
Miriam Kalman Friedman, Ph.D.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 18, 2012 :
STRANGLER FIGS ! WHAT A SURPRISE . . . IT WAS LIKE SIFTING THROUGH THE EVIL SIDE OF A CHURCH - FINDING KILLERS - THIEVES - ROMANCE - AND A THREAD OF HISTORY THE CRISTIAN FAITH DOES NOT WANT KNOWN. . . LOVED IT !
(reviewed within a month of purchase)