Stephanie Pitcher Fishman, Author

Fiction & Non-Fiction Rooted in Personal Story

Finding Eliza

Finding Eliza
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Genre: Historical Fiction
Tags: Family History, Fiction, Finding Eliza, Recommended Books
Publisher: Rebecca Hills Books
Publication Year: 2014
Length: 258 pages
ASIN: B00KYETKIK
ISBN: 0692238093
When Lizzie Clydell agreed to join her grandmother at the church’s genealogy group meeting she expected nothing more than lemon squares and a few stories. Instead, an old diary leads Lizzie down a dusty road of lies, hidden family secrets, and a lynching that nearly destroyed her family.
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About the Book

“It’s just a little family history. What could go wrong?”

When Lizzie Clydell agreed to join her grandmother at the church’s genealogy group meeting she expected nothing more than lemon squares and a few stories. Instead, an old diary leads Lizzie down a dusty road of lies, hidden family secrets, and a lynching that nearly destroyed her family.

Still strug­gling with the loss of her parents two decades ear­lier, Lizzie must con­front a painful past that others hoped was forgotten. Her journey becomes even more difficult as she realizes those around her may not be as they seem.

Can Lizzie make peace with the past or will it destroy the relationships she holds most dear?

Joining her is a group of lifelong friends known to Lizzie as The Gals. Headed up by her own grandmother, the group of women guide her through the past with humor, encouragement, and tough love as she learns about grace and forgiveness.

Set in small town Georgia, Finding Eliza is a contemporary story with flashes of his­tor­i­cal fic­tion as Lizzie digs into the 1930s of segregation, illegal interracial relationships, and the fear of the KKK.

About the Author
Stephanie Pitcher Fishman

Stephanie Pitcher Fishman is an author and professional genealogist specializing in Midwestern and Southeastern United States family history.

She is the author of seven family history research guides in the Legacy QuickGuide series on topics including religious records, census records, and state-specific research techniques. She has also written articles and blog posts for websites such as Archives.com and was a co-founder of The In-Depth Genealogist.

Since then, she’s branched out into fiction rooted in family story. In recent years, she’s also contributed to the chronic illness community by sharing her story and the stories of others dealing with illnesses such as fibromyalgia, anxiety, and more.

Her first novel, Finding Eliza, combines everything that she loves: family history, historical fiction, and strong female characters.

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