Ann Weisgarber was born and raised in Ohio, but she’s a Texan now. The award-winning author (2010’s acclaimed The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, set in 1917 in the South Dakota Badlands) earned a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Houston, taught at Wharton County Junior College near Houston and now splits her time between Sugar Land and Galveston.She sets The Promise in Galveston, beginning a few weeks before the 1900 hurricane, the deadliest natural disaster of the 20th century in the United States. Its two narrators are Catherine Wainwright and Nan Ogden. Catherine, a concert pianist fleeing her scandalous past in Ohio, orchestrates a hasty marriage proposal from recently widowed Oscar Williams and moves 1,000 miles to the island, where she’s a stranger in a strange (and humid) land.There, she meets Nan, a housemaid who promised Oscar’s wife on her deathbed that she would care for him and his grieving 4-year-old son. Nan and Catherine, from two very different worlds, are forced into each other’s lives by their dual relationship with the son and, especially, Oscar.Then, the real storm hits and the challenge of surviving the devastating hurricane takes over the story. — Celeste Williams
by Ann Weisgarber
Skyhorse Publishing, $24.95
Meet the author: Weisgarber will discuss and sign copies of her book at 7 p.m. April 17 at the Dallas Barnes & Noble, 7700 W. Northwest Highway; 214-739-1124.