Author Judith Mercier captures both the village's glory days-when shooting six hundred ducks constituted merely an average day for a market hunter-and its forgotten moments-like one man's heroic attempt to create an African-American beach resort during the Jim Crow years. What emerges is a portrait of a community-or, in the words of the locals, a neighborhoodseeking to preserve its past as it tackles the future.
Author Biography: Judith Mercier has an MFA from Old Dominion University's creative writing program. She has published articles, profiles, and short fiction in local and regional magazines and journals and is the co-editor of Battle Cries on the Home Front: Violence in the Military Family. She lives in Newport News, Virginia, where she teaches at Christopher Newport University.