In Grace's Time

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Kathie Giorgio

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56-year old Grace faces her worst nightmare: the death of her son. When Grace’s daughter confesses she’s at fault, Grace knows she should reassure her. But she can’t.



Short Summary

Grace loses her son Paul when he climbs a tree during a game of hide and seek and touches a live wire. Mired in grief, Grace runs away from home with Virgil, a gay man who owns a doll hospital. The two journey through midwest flea markets and estate sales.


The book travels from Waukesha, Wisconsin, throughout Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and Tennessee.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Voyage and Return

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Happy Ending,Philosophical Questions,Meaningful Message

Main Character Details

Name: Grace is a 56-year old mother who must face the worst nightmare - the death of her son. When she discovers that her daughter blames herself, Grace can't offer comfort. She's at the end of her rope, and so she runs away from home. But her family never leaves her heart.

Age: 56

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Desperate,Empathetic,Engaging,Educated,Insecure

Additional Character Details

Name: Virgil is a gay man in his 60s. He is thrilled that gay marriage is now legal, but he's not comfortable with being anyone's cause. He just wants to be left alone to live his life. He is contemplating marrying his long-time long-distance lover, Brad. But he is worried about commitment.

Age: 65

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Engaging, Honorable, Romantic, Adventurous, Charming, Complex,Adventurous,Charming,Educated,Funny,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Secondary Character

Age: 50

Gender: Other

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Aggressive,Charming,Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: Secondary Characters

Age: 50

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aggressive,Charming,Complex

About The Author

KATHIE GIORGIO is the critically acclaimed author of four novels, The Home For Wayward Clocks (2011), Learning To Tell (A Life)Time (2013), Rise From The River (2015), and In Grace’s Time (2017), two story collections, Enlarged Hearts (2012) and Oddities & Endings; The Collected Stories Of Kathie Giorgio (2016), a collection of essays, Today’s Moment Of Happiness Despite The News; A Year Of Spontaneous Essays (2018), and two poetry chapbooks, True Light Falls In Many Forms (2016) and When You Finally Said No (just released March 2019). A fifth novel, If You Tame Me, will be released in September of 2019. Giorgio’s short stories and poems have appeared in countless literary magazines and anthologies. Her short story, Snapdragon, was performed on stage for the Stories On Stage series at Su Teatro theatre in Boulder, Colorado. She’s been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the Write Well Award, the Million Writer Award, and for the Best of the Net Anthology. Her novel The Home For Wayward Clocks won the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association. Her novel In Grace’s Time was runner-up in fiction in the 2017 Maxy Award and the second place winner of the 2017 Silver Pen Award For Literary Excellence. Giorgio is the director/founder of AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop. She lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin, with her husband, mystery writer Michael Giorgio, her 18-year old daughter Olivia, who is writing her first novel, a neurotic dog named after Ursula LeGuin, a fat cat named Edgar Allen Paw, and a tiny cat named Muse.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54,55+

Target Gender: Empathetic,Engaging,Educated,Insecure,Secretive,Desperate,Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

Year Published: 2017

Hard Copy Available