Valerie Mcallister

Valerie Mcallister

             

Book Synopsis:

The Book Club is the story of sisterhood. It showcases the complex and challenging, yet powerful relationships between eight seemingly ordinary, African American women. The women believe that their intent in joining the book club is to socialize, drink wine and to discuss the latest literary novels. However, after one of the women is brutally attacked by her drug dealing, younger boyfriend, Jasmine, the narrator sheds light on the hidden secrets that each women is keeping that could potentially lead to their own self-destruction.
The Book Club leads you through twist and turns as each woman’s life is starting to unravel. As they balance their grief over the fate of their friend, the buried ghosts of their past is in jeopardy of being exposed. In the midst of the turmoil they each find undiscovered strength, courage, and the power to forge ahead, while creating significant relationships with the most unlikely of allies within their circle. The Book Club depicts triumph and redemption in the midst of tragedy. It speaks to the struggle that many women have in trusting their personal truth for fear of judgment or rejection. These women are a symbol of perserverance through personal battle.
The Book Club will have you riveted and wanting more.
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About The Author:

Valerie has had a love for creative writing since her childhood. She says that words are the most powerful expression of life. Valerie has spent over 25 years of her professional experience in the Human Services field working with families in crisis, most specifically women. She is the mother of two adult children and the grandmother to seven wonderful grandchildren. She wrote her first unpublished book in 2001, entitled “Memoirs to my First Love”, which depicts the trials and triumphs of her life’s journey, which has helped her to appreciate her loving friendship with God.
Valerie is the owner of Generational Words LLC, a publishing and consulting company that she created to continue the expression and gift of words through her generation. Generational Words will feature the poetry of her daughter Kia, the spoken words of her daughter Talia and the writing of her 10 year old granddaughter Corrine.
Valerie’s repertoire includes two published articles in the Richmond Parents Magazine, supporting parents of young children. She has also completed a curriculum for at-risk African American young men, entitled, “Know Thy Self (KTS)”. KTS was first piloted to youth incarcerated in the Richmond Virginia Detention Center.
“The Book Club” was inspired, in part, through a fictional look into the varied, diverse and sometimes complex lives of the women that she has had the honor of sharing this world with.