Open Road Integrated Media announces the ebook publication of six titles by widely respected and Pulitzer Prize–winning author Shirley Ann Grau. Primarily writing about her native South, Grau deals with race relations and the broad social and political changes of the twentieth century. She has been described by Library Journal as “one of the novel’s finest practitioners.”
Grau’s The Keepers of the House traces the history of the distinguished Howland family and the long-buried secret that threatens to destroy them. It is up to Abigail Howland to defend her family from the deep-seated prejudices of the South, at all costs. Hailed by The Atlantic Monthly as “a beautifully written book,” The Keepers of the House won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1965.
Five other titles will join The Keepers of the House. In The Condor Passes, an elderly rags-to-riches New Orleans man must choose which of his children will inherit his fortune, if any are worthy at all. The Hard Blue Sky, Grau’s first novel, hinges on a girl’s choice between staying at home on a tiny Gulf island or venturing to the unknown mainland with a stranger. Establishing Grau as a chronicler of bayou life, The New Yorker recognized it as “a large and delicately colored panorama of summertime on a hot and lonely island off the coast of Louisiana.” The House on Coliseum Street describes a woman’s decision to terminate an out-of-marriage pregnancy in conservative 1950s New Orleans. Grau’s short story collection Nine Women depicts NewOrleans women from all walks of life who share a desire to love. In Roadwalkers, described by The Boston Globe as “an astonishing,beautiful and disturbing book,” a mother tries everything to shelter her daughter from the world’s cruelties.
The collection will also include behind-the-scenes author commentary and an illustrated biography in each ebook, including never-before-seen photographs and documents from Grau’s personal life and distinguished career.