Sherry Robinson is the author of two novels, My Secrets Cry Aloud (2009) and Blessed (2019). She has earned an M.A. from Eastern Kentucky University and a Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, both in English. She is currently an MFA candidate at Eastern Kentucky University. Robinson has been employed at EKU for twenty-four years and is currently the Vice Provost. Prior to her time as Vice Provost, she spent thirteen years as a professor of English, specializing in Southern and Appalachian literature.
Grayson Armstrong’s vision for a dying church has everyone in small-town Mercy, Kentucky, talking. It’s his untimely death, though, that has everyone trying to understand who they thought he was. This vivid, poignant, and heart-breaking story is told by multiple characters whose paths intersect with Grayson: a homeless Vietnam veteran haunted by demons of war; the local diner’s young waitress grappling with her family’s dark history; aggrieved and supportive congregants and townspeople confronting change and the power of love and hate; and Grayson’s wife and his coming-of-age gay son, struggling to understand their own feelings about Grayson. Blessed is ultimately a story of hope and the power of forgiveness.