• Kent Island Reviews

    A sensuous evocation of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, just across the Chesapeake Bay but oceans away, rebuts the belief that modernization signifies progress. Lew DiuguidJohns Hopkins Magazine – June, 2003 A jewel of a book… Janet Freedman conducts a remarkably circumspective exploration of a place that engages all of the senses, including a heart that registers the passage of time into memory. This is no ordinary account, but a jewel of a book whose many facets reveal not only a fascinating, haunting place, but a creative inquiry imbued with imagination and grace.” Charles Camp, PhDThe Maryland Institute – College of Art, Baltimore, MD(excerpted from book dust jacket) Before the seafood restaurants……

  • Divine Intervention Excerpts

    Growing up in East Baltimore: I was born into a home of financial caution and religious zeal, in an East Baltimore row house one half block from both St. Matthews church and the garish lights of Luby’s Chevrolet.  It seems to me now that those two buildings represent the contradictory tows of my childhood – the good, delineated by an ever present and ponderous religious life versus the temptations of the temporal world so flamboyantly illustrated in that car dealership’s art-deco signage in flashing pink and turquoise.  My parents were devout. From babyhood my brother and I were immersed in Christianity, attending church and Sunday school plus a widening number…