FāVS Is Reading Book Club hosts an evening on “Torn: Married to a White Supremacist”
‘Torn: Married to a White Supremacist’ is the true story of one woman’s struggle protect his family, his determination to survive and his ultimate triumph over hate.
When Spokane businesswoman Marie Eddy takes to the podium on September 28 in downtown Spokane, Wash., she will present her mother’s story hosted by the SpokaneFāVS book club FāVS Is Reading.
“Torn: Married to a White Supremacist” is the first-person account of Mary’s mother, Christine Eddy, a Spokane librarian who for more than 27 years was married and lived with a white supremacist in Sandpoint, Idaho.
Tracy Simmons, editor of SpokaneFāVS, wrote about the family and the book launch in early July for www.spokanefavs.com, and the story went national.
“I couldn’t put this book down, and I think everyone should read it,” Simmons said. “”Torn” gives us insight into what it is to love someone whose values and beliefs we despise. Reading this book and listening to Mary will provide insight into understanding and compassion – and that’s an important part of what FāVS is.
The event will take place from 5-6:30 p.m. in Room B of the Spokane Central Library. It will include a book reading, an interview with Eddy, and then a question and answer period with the audience.
Books will be available for sale that evening and more information about the FāVS Is Reading book club discussion program will be presented.
“Torn” was written late in Christine’s life, long after her husband’s death, and in narrative form traces their journey as husband and wife, and later as family, from Southern California to the woods of northern Idaho, and for Robert Eddy, in a downward cycle of racial hatred.
Christine worked hard to complete the book before she passed away in 2018. But ultimately, it’s up to her daughter Marie to carry the torch. Over the years that followed, she worked to put the elements of the book together and get it published to honor her mother’s life and legacy.
For Marie, sharing her mother’s very personal story, and finally printing it, has a special meaning.
“She overcame her shame and her fear, and she had the courage to finally tell the truth about her life behind those doors,” Marie said. “Not many people have that kind of strength, and I’m deeply proud of her and this book.”
Especially now, in a nation struggling with rising tides of white supremacy, hatred and division, “Torn” resonates deeply, as a personal story of endurance, broken family ties and, ultimately, the determination of a woman to choose love and light rather than division and hatred.
FāVS Is Reading started in 2021, and they read two books that year and held special events for their readers and others who wanted to participate in those discussions.
The first was “The Book of Joy” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams, and FāVS hosted special guests Venerable Thubten Semkye of Sravasti Abbey and Bishop Gretchen Rehberg of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane to discuss the book.
The second book was “Everyday Cult” by Gerette Buglion and FāVS hosted the author for a special discussion about the process of writing her book and her involvement with a cult for most of her adult life.
“Torn” will be their third book, and all are invited to participate.
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