Out of tragedies come heroes and miracles... At 9:59 a.m. on September 11, 2001, Diane O'Conr's life as a firefighter's wife changes forever, shattering her faith. Four decades later, a te still hangs on her kitchen cabinet in Queens, the paper yellowed with age. Diane kws the scribbled sentences by heart; she'd left them the morning of 9/11 for her husband, Billy. In the summer of 2041, Diane invites Friar Antonio Ortiz to her home. He is a man destined to become counsel to the first American pope-her son, Peter. Antonio asks questions and arrives in secret, promising to wait nineteen years before passing Diane's journal to Peter. Only then will Billy's story be told, along with answers to Peter's questions about his father's last days.
Linda Merlino is the author of Hudson Catalina and Room of Tears. She began writing fiction as a young mother on the sidelines of endless soccer practices. Linda wrote anytime any place. A manuscript filled a carton in the back seat of her car. Many years have passed since those early beginnings, but her work continues to be inspired by her children. The author has a fascination with heroes and writes her fiction to honor ordinary men and women who react unselfishly in extraordinary circumstances. She extends her gratitude to all who keep us safe and free. Her hometown is outside of Boston. She lived for many years in New York City and more recently calls Connecticut her home.