Imagine Me, with Brenda Fantroy-Johnson
Join us in welcoming Bainbridge Island author Brenda Fantroy-Johnson when she reads from her book Imagine Me. She will be at the bookstore on Thursday, June 8, at 7pm.
Wanting regular people who struggle to have hope, Brenda Fantroy-Johnson wrote her memoir to show it is possible to get out from under hardships.
“That there is hope, there is a way out,” Fantroy-Johnson says. “I am living proof that it’s possible. Education is the key.”
The memoir gives a detailed accounting of a young black girl’s journey growing up in the ghetto in Detroit in the early 1960s. Imagine Me shows how a self-described good girl copes with childhood loss and abandonment. A coming-of-age story set during the civil rights movement, the book illustrates Fantroy-Johnson developing and discovering her identity and “refusing to let herself quit.”
She adds, “This is a story of strength and commitment to fulfill her mother’s directive, proving to herself – even through domestic violence, drugs, and alcohol abuse – that faith can get you out and enough faith can overcome fear.”