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Cry Before Supper [Kindle Edition]

Julia Rose Grey
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Book Description

In January 1961, the Campbell family moves from their Philadelphia row home to a larger house in a suburb where they believe they will have a better life. The parents, devoted grandmother and five children start each day with a song. Bonded by their happiness, they protect the one child who suffers from a neurological condition that marks him as different.

Then, in one swift stroke, the family’s joy is shattered. A town local, long embittered by his lot in life, whom the Campbells help in his dire time of need, becomes mired in his own bitterness, greed, and jealousy. He inflicts irrevocable harm upon them.

Struck hard by this tragedy none of them can fathom, each of the Campbells reacts in an uncharacteristic way. Their closeness is extinguished. Their future bleak.

Except for that one ray of hope. The middle child, Annie, the one with the least confidence, has patience. Her endurance and willingness to provide for others makes all the difference. Her account of what happened defines the power of perseverance.

This story will envelop you with its rapture, its uncertainty, its secrets, and escort you through its darkness. In bold defiance of the odds, the Campbells can find light once again. This is a sweeping tale that is irresistible and hard to put down.

In her Goodreads review, author Angella Graff said, “(this book) was amazing…and could easily become this generation’s Little Women.”

Avid readers have commented that “(Ms. Grey’s) characters are so alive, I can see them,” “I couldn’t put it down,” and “I was so absorbed, I almost missed my train stop.”


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About the Author

Always believing her upwardly slanted penmanship indicated an inner fault, Julia Rose Grey tried to correct her script using various means: she placed a ruler under her pen; drew faint penciled lines; and turned her paper 45-degrees to the left. Nothing worked. She was stuck with notes, addresses and signatures that were low on the left and traveled one-half inch uphill to the right. A nice lady administering a psychological test told Ms. Grey that slanted writing indicated a sense of responsibility for her own behavior and her optimistic nature. When she entered high school, Ms. Grey developed her writing skills for parody and satire. She once wrote a take-off of Poe’s poem The Raven in which she lamented having to do homework “evermore.” The teacher liked it for its witty twist. Her parents did not. They believed the parody indicated a flawed character—a preference of listening to one’s own drummer rather than conforming. Ms. Grey has cultivated her non-conformist perspective ever since. Throughout her life, Ms. Grey never tired of listening to her grandmothers tell stories about their childhoods. Although both grandmothers are deceased, Ms. Grey clings to their tales of vintage eras. Ms. Grey’s experience shines through in her novels. Her stories are uplifting tales, loaded with humor, and steeped in yesteryear. She lives peacefully and happily with my husband of some thirty years in Exton, Pennsylvania, USA.

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  • Print Length: 245 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1479279900
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008MLSINK
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving and authentic story December 7, 2012
Format:Paperback
This is the kind of book I love and for once I tried to read it slowly to savor it and to avoid reaching the end. I am always fascinated, especially at this point in my life (I am around the age these children would be now) by how other people grew up and by families, which I am sadly lacking. The characters in books become my circle of acquaintances and friends. And these are more than worthy. Through the eyes of Annie we meet a unique family of four generations and a community of friends and helpers. Annie became more and more endearing and quietly courageous the longer I got to know her and I was truly grateful for the ending which left me smiling and yes, dare I say happy. No supervillains, no cliches, no plot contrivances, just people who felt genuinely real.

I have read other books where a tragedy happens to a family and usually it is the center of everything, overwhelming and dramatic. Here life happens and people deal with it, day by day like real people do. It isn't about one event being a defining moment but about character and relationships and coping. I felt swept up into their world and held close. I envy them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful March 12, 2013
Format:Paperback
"Cry Before Supper" by Julia Rose Grey was a real treat. The author tells the story of Annie Campbell, beginning in 1961 when the family lives in a suburb in Philadelphia: 5 children, a grandmother and a dog. The story is told in Annie's youthful and beautiful voice, at times naive, at times, melancholic and later stronger and assertive. We learn about the family background, the sibling rivalries, neighbourhood gossip, the morals and ideas of the times and the special blend of family values that the Campbells live by and how these evolve as the story moves into the 70s and the children make their own way.
This is written like a memoir, so real and moving that I often had to remind myself that this is a work of fiction.
The youngest child, Michael, suffers from the neuro-genetic disorder Angelman Syndrome, but forms a special bond with the grandmother who helps him speak and work in the greenhouse with her. Michael and his Syndrome are a big part of the story and Annie's life as she sees her elder siblings disappear to lead their own lives.
A big part of the story is told in letters to and by Annie to her sister at Harvard while Annie stays behind to look after Michael and her ill mother.
"They that laugh in the morning may weep before night" is a Scottish saying quoted in the book as is the song "Sing before breakfast". The title Cry Before Supper in that context brings in a wonderful resolve to have spent the tears before moving on to a happier supper.
As sentimental as the tome of this novel can be at times, it is moving and uplifting in many ways. I loved the honest and descriptions and the integrity of Annie, her love for the family and the strong bond that seems to exist between the siblings despite all of their differences.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really loved this book! February 21, 2013
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This was a great read. I loved the interactions of the siblings, the descriptions of the house and neighborhood, and all the people the Campbell family had in their lives. Never a dull moment! The story moves right along but doesn't skimp on details and reminded me of my childhood growing up in a suburb of Chicago.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Family Journey September 24, 2012
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In this her debut novel, the author, who I know personally, has worked hard to weave a bittersweet and engaging tale of one family's journey complete with tragedy and triumph.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly Enjoyable July 1, 2014
By Anne D.
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This book was such a pleasure to read. It reminded me of my father and his sisters home and childhood. This family was very caring about each other, especially their special needs brother, Michael and his relationship with his grandmother. A very enjoyable read. I would love a sequel.
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More About the Author

Always believing my upwardly slanted penmanship was an indication of some disease, I tried to correct it. I used a ruler under my pen; drew faint penciled lines; and even turned my paper 45O to the left. Nothing worked. I was stuck with thank you notes, addresses and signatures that were low on the left and traveled one-half inch uphill to the right. A nice lady administering a psychological test told me my slanted script indicated how hopeful I was about the future. She elaborated that I had a sense of responsibility for my own behavior and believed in myself. I was, she declared, an optimist. Too young and still mired in the murk left-over from childhood, I did not fully comprehend what she meant.

Along the way, I learned to type so that my book reports and nonsensical short stories and poems were perpendicular to the top and bottom of the paper. In high school, my writing skills branched into parody and satire. Once I wrote a take-off of Poe's poem The Raven in which I lamented having to do homework "evermore." The teacher liked it for its witty twist. My parents weren't delighted because they believed the parody indicated a flawed character - a preference of listening to my own drummer's beat rather than conforming - a trait which remains intact to this day.

In college, I was delighted with my ability to churn out term papers. With a few hours research and an afternoon of typing, I could produce a twenty-page paper. Oh the joy! No more necessity for scribbling blurry thoughts all night.

Throughout all my childhood, teen years, and into adulthood, I seemed to never tire of the stories my grandmothers told me about their experiences. Although deceased for many years now, I cling to their tales as the Peanuts character Linus cleaves to his security blanket.

Which brings me to today. My novels have three qualities: They are uplifting tales, loaded with humor, and steeped in yesteryear.

In my first novel, Cry Before Supper, the Campbell family, parents, devoted grandmother and five children start each day with a song and, using happiness as their bond, protect the one child who suffers from a neurological condition that marks him as different. Then, in one swift stroke, irrevocable harm is inflicted upon them by a town local mired in his own bitterness. The family's joy is shattered. Their future bleak. Except for that one ray of hope. The middle child, Annie, who has the endurance and willingness to provide for others, brings light to them once more. Her account of what happened defines the power of perseverance.

My holiday novel, The Dream Catcher, is a whimsical tale about the diminutive Rupert Rumple, who is concerned about the gloom surrounding the town of Greeneville. Despite his many fears, he sets out on a journey to bring back the joy of making dreams come true.

A third book is in progress. The current title is They Ran Out of Rhyme. I have an outline and I'm in the midst of filling in the storyline with anecdotes, antics, everything from vintage crystal to flapper-style cloches, and a clash of blamelessness with corruptibility.
I live peacefully and happily with my husband of some thirty years in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, USA.

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