n unexpected heroine fights a town banning books

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Dyslexic Antigone Brown has trouble reading road signs, keeps a stone in her pocket to help her remember right from left, and despairs of ever being a good mother to her unborn child. She runs a deer farm and vegetarian café in Mercy, North Carolina, where Irene Crump and the Mercy Study Club have started removing “undesirable” books from the school’s collection.

This is a fight Antigone doesn’t want to get involved in, battling for the very things that have made her life a misery—books. When Antigone starts her own library to help the town’s children, she sets in motion a series of events destined to change Mercy forever.

From the author

If you like serious subjects (censorship) treated with a sprinkle of humor, you’ll love Book of Mercy.

ISBN: 978-0963888044 (print edition)

“If you are a book lover, you will love this book!”
Faith Sullivan, author of Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, Gardenias, and The Cape Ann


“It’s a serious topic—book banning—but handled in a responsible, fun way with quirky characters, and so-real dialogue. Author Sherry Roberts manages to fit marriage, pregnancy, binge driving, hubcap sculpture, homelessness, vegetarianism, and ESP into this homespun tale with characters that keep coming to mind long after the last page has been read. Librarians will cheer for the plucky heroine, Antigone Brown who stands up to the town bullies with the help of her oddly talented friends. Well-researched, well-written, a delightful read!”
— A librarian


“Everyone who cares about books should read Book of Mercy. And especially, read it if you like your books to be engaging, fun, and of literary merit. I don’t know how the author, Sherry Roberts, does it, but she makes you care deeply about a wide range of characters, while reinforcing an important literary message. I loved it, and I’m telling every reader I know about it. From a tiny town in the south, to the dark alley where trouble lurks, to the mean streets of New York City, the characters and personalities in Book of Mercy run the gamut of human experience. I was sorry to see the book end. I loved every minute of it!”
— Lois West Duffy, author of Zillah’s Gift