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Jeannie Glazer was three years old in 1952 when her father dies in a car accident on a trip to Atlanta. Sixteen years later, as a college freshman, she is arrested during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. She is released hours later when a sergeant announces that her bail was paid by her “pop” and tosses her an envelope of cash. Stunned and suspicious, Jeannie tells no one, convinced somebody is watching her. Determined to find answers, her search closes in on an even darker secret about her father’s tragic death two decades earlier.
“The pleasure of reading Cathy Rath’s Ripple Effect is like the turning of a kaleidoscope: each chapter brings a burst of new revelations, each jump back and forth in time deepens the moral complexity of a story that is part political thriller and part family drama. At its heart is a dauntless and empathetic heroine, Jeannie Glazer, whose coming of age as an activist and truth-teller is both inspiring and emotionally affecting.”
—Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men
“I was hooked from the start by this compulsively readable narrative of family secrets.”
—Jo Piazza, author of Charlotte Walsh likes to Win
“A complex novel that dives into a daughter’s discovery of her father’s life and death during the 1960s student rebellions, it builds into an undeniably powerful story of regret and redemption.”
—Joy Gould Boyum, author of Double Exposure: Fiction to Film
Born and raised in New York, Cathy Rath ventured out west to complete her education at UCSB and SFSU where she is a professor in the public health department. As a social justice advocate and organizer, she led public health campaigns at Planned Parenthood and Transforming Communities, where her innovative approach to violence prevention was published by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. Her efforts to reduce violence against women earned her the 2000 Millennium Leadership Award by the Marin Independent Journal. A writing coach and tutor from middle school to the graduate school level, Cathy also guides debut writers in crafting and completing their books, and works as a Book Passage author event host. In January 2021, Cathy published her first novel, Ripple Effect. During the turbulent 1970s, Cathy was actively involved in a variety of protest movements, and her story draws upon these profound experiences.