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On the heels of incredible tragedy young college student Regina Leeman arrives one summer with a journal in hand to record her life as she volunteers to teach a creative writing class at an urban recreational center. Overcome by grief at her recent losses, angry at a God whom she feels certain has abandoned her and outrunning another nervous breakdown, Regina sets out to bring purpose to an existence that grows increasingly intolerable. Her attempts to glean meaning while remaining emotionally aloof from everyone around her are thwarted when she meets Damion, an attractive basketball star. He falls hard for the mysterious Regina and pursues her relentlessly. Under A Withering Sun is an inspirational love story poignantly narrated by Regina as she struggles to function amid the chaos of her overwhelming despair. Little does she realize how Damion, the kids in her creative writing class and a kindhearted man with Alzheimer’s will give her the strength to face her family, her failures and her faith as she finds the will to live again.
Chaka Heinze’s gritty account of one woman’s attempt to come back from the brink of spiritual self-destruction will resonate with anyone who has struggled with loss, despair, and grief.
A word from the author…
I have been a closet writer for as long as I can remember. Short stories, long stories, adult stories, kid stories, poetry and plenty of pointless musings. And when I wasn’t writing, I was making up stories in my head (just ask my husband, he has been forced to listen to my adventures often enough). The road to this book was snaky, rutted and often took me in circles. I have been an aspiring physician, a zealot, a wannabe Louis L’amour cowgirl, a law school graduate, a wife, a mom, an ardent believer in the saving power of Jesus Christ and a dreamer. Always a dreamer.