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In 2009, eighty-five-year-old art professor Ludka Zeilonka gets drawn into a political firestorm when her grandson, Tommy, is among a group of Massachusetts teachers fired for allegedly silencing Christian kids in high school classrooms. The ensuing battle to reinstate the teachers raises the specter of Ludka's World War II past―a past she's spent a lifetime trying to forget.
Radio host Warren Meck has been leading the Massachusetts campaign to root out anti-religious bias in public schools―but he believes in working respectfully within the political system, so he's alarmed and offended when his efforts are undermined by someone inciting violent action. Even worse, he fears the culprit is among his inner circle.
As Ludka's influential family defends Tommy under increasingly vicious conditions, a stranger with connections to her past shows up and threatens to expose her for illegally hoarding a valuable painting presumed stolen by the Nazis. Only one other person knew about the painting―a man Ludka's been trying to find for sixty years.
Compulsively readable, This Is How It Begins is a timely novel about free speech, the importance of empathy, and the bitter consequences of long-buried secrets.
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June 26, 2017
"Compulsively readable, This Is How It Begins is a timely novel about free speech, the importance of empathy, and the bitter consequences of long-buried secrets." from the publisher
Only six years ago I saw a Christian church undergo a vicious split. It involved attacking the denomination for a so...
September 13, 2017
I'm thrilled with early readers' reviews, and so excited to share that THIS IS HOW IT BEGINS will be out on October 3, 2017. I'd love for you to check it out, and if it looks like your cup of tea, please add it to your to-read shelf—that's such a help to me in spreading the word.
The novel's getti...
June 12, 2017
I just read an advance copy of this wonderful novel, and I suggest you pre-order it now, so you don't forget between now and October when it comes out. Also, you will be ahead of the game when everyone is trying to get a copy, and you already have it. If you get your reading matter from the libra...
September 30, 2017
In 1935, Sinclair Lewis wrote It Can’t Happen Here — a satire showing it sure can. With incredible ambition, Joan Dempsey follows Lewis’ example to illustrate urgent truths at a time of crisis. This Is How It Begins unites the “it” of the past with the “it” of today in ways people on the wrong si...
September 04, 2017
As a Californian, it is hard for me to imagine twelve teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area getting fired because of their sexual preference. It doesn't make sense, yet the part of my brain lurking beneath my beliefs knows it could happen. Especially now.
After all, the Holocaust started because...
September 06, 2017
Intelligent writing coupled with a timely subject. I won this through Goodreads Giveaways and enjoyed the writing most of all. This is definitely literary fiction, as there is lots to unpack within the pages. At times I did feel disinterested, since there wasn't always a lot happening to pull me...
November 18, 2017
Joan Dempsey’s debut political fiction novel displays professional craftsmanship. She maintains several connected subplot lines that run throughout the book. The author explores today's sensitive ideological issues in comparative context to those of the late 1930s pre-war period in Warsaw. Scene...
June 22, 2017
A page-turner literary novel? Yup, that's what this one is, and it's excellent. The characters are interesting and believable, the political atmosphere is relevant and intriguing, and the plot resolution is fully satisfying. Much careful research went into the writing of this novel, and Dempsey h...
October 02, 2017
This multi-generational novel reminds us how intricately and intimately the fabric of our lives is woven . Issues that touch us all are never farther than a door's threshold away. A family dedicated to service , education and preservation, with commitment and resolution, calls on the glue that ha...
September 12, 2017
This Is How It Begins
By Joan Dempsey
She Writes Press
+3 page reader’s guide
Release Date 10/3/17
I was pleasantly riveted as part of the Advanced Reader Copy book launch. Author Joan Dempsey’s debut novel, crafts a timely story filled with characters that have dep...