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Dr. Rachelle DuPres, plagued by memories of a deadly failure, flees America to search out her roots in her ancestral village in Provence, France. But as she tries to locate the graves of her Catholic uncles and her Jewishparents, will their roles in the Holocaust bring more angst-or the answers she so desperately seeks?
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Today she is Church Schools Director for the Anglican Province of Christ the King and Vice-President of the American Church Union (Anglicanpck.org). She has edited The American Church Union
Church School Series, The Anglican Confirmation Manual, and Summer Lessons. She has authored Teaching the Churchs Children and seven childrens novellas, the Jeanette series, published by the American Church Union.
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Located in: Alamo, California
Submitted: May 29, 2009
Tell us a little about yourself. I was born in Fresno, California, in 1947, one of the early Baby Boomers. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and experienced the commotion of the Vietnam protests during my college years, lived in Canada for a time and returned to California with my young son in 1977. While working as a secretary, I met my present husband, a company executive. When my husband retired in 1992, we began to travel regularly to Italy, France, and England. In order to appreciate our travels, I studied European history, going back to the first century and the rise of Christianity, the foundation for Western thought. I soon understood what scholars mean when they say we cannot understand the present without understanding the past. I live with my husband Harry and two cats, Laddie and Lady Jane, in Northern California. I have been blessed with eight grandchildren who fill our home at Christmas, Easter, and summertime with their delightful exuberance and penetrating questions.
What was your motivation behind this project? I've been increasingly convinced that we, as a nation, and indeed, as a part of Western culture, are losing our sense of history, where we have come from, what has informed our ideals of freedom of belief, justice under the law, care for the poor, sick, and dying, the sanctity of life. Offerings is set in France in the present day, but but draws on the past, as the characters search for answers to today's questions: what is love, why do we suffer, what is the meaning of life. Offerings is the sequel to Pilgrimage, the second in a trilogy: Inheritance, set in England is soon to be released. The novels explore the roots of Western culture. I have also been fascinated with the interaction of body and soul, matter and spirit, and the ways in which God manifests himself through matter in Scripture, in the Church, in the Sacraments, and the plotlines of these novels involve these manifestations.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope readers will, first of all, enjoy the story of Offerings in which a couple travel to France in search of the right surgeon for a deadly condition, woven with the story of a doctor who searches for her own life after a terrible tragedy. I also hope readers will come away with a renewed sense of the source of our cultural values through the history of Christianity.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Working on Offerings has given me a voice that is unique to a novelist: to create truth in art, to reflect the reality of our world through image, story, and character. It is a great blessing to be able to share one's vision of the world, particularly if it is a hopeful and loving one.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? My greatest influence would be God in Christ through His Church - the lives of saints and ordinary folks, sermons and spiritual advice, and many writers over the last few decades: Novelists C. S. Lewis, Charles Williams, Dorothy Sayers, J. R. R. Tolkien, P. D. James, Michael D. O'Brien, Kazuo Ishiguro, Kim Edwards; the poet T. S. Eliot; historians Paul Johnson, Dom Gregory Dix, Russell Kirk, John R. H. Moorman, Frank E. Wilson, Thomas Cahill, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Diana West, Joseph Pierce, Peter Brown, John Richard Neuhaus, Paul S. Russell, Walter McDougall, Margaret Visser; the Christian mystic Evelyn Underhill.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I am a member of the Anglican Province of Christ the King (APCK), a traditional Episcopalian denomination that left the more liberal mainline church in 1976. For many years I taught Sunday School in our local parish and eventually, with our Bishop Morse (now Archbishop Emeritus), developed a curricula for the APCK (Anglicanpck.org). I currently serve on the board of the American Church Union (ACU), the publishing arm of the APCK, and have written a children's series of novellas for the ACU, the Jeanette Series, as well as various parish materials. I am currently working on a thriller set in Rome. For more information and updates on current releases (Inheritance should be released soon), visit my website, ChristineSunderland.com and my blog, Mytravels.ChristineSunderland.com where I share with readers my current journeys in Europe and at home.