Texarkana native to speak during FBC book review


Texarkana native Marcia Kemp Sterling will speak about her novel, “One Summer in Arkansas”, at 10 a.m. Saturday during the monthly book review in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel St.

In this story of one family’s encounter with crisis and redemption, a young lawyer returns to his hometown in Arkansas for a last summer before starting work in San Francisco. Torn between the fast track career he has committed to and the small town values he grew up with, Lee Addison grapples with his Southern legacy, family, race, religion, tragedy and love. It is a richly told saga of the complexities and contradictions that play out over the course of one hot, humid summer in a small town in Arkansas.

Born and raised at Texarkana, Sterling graduated from Vanderbilt, then found her way out to the West Coast during the 60s when San Francisco was the center of the hippie movement. It was 15 years later when she started law at Stanford University as a single parent of two young children.

She has been a newspaper reporter in Houston, Texas, a partner in a large Silicon Valley law firm, a high school teacher and an executive of a software company. She has advocated for the U.S. software industry in Washington, D.C., Brussels, and Beijing. She has also chaired the administrative board of the Palo Alto United Methodist Church, taught classes at the Practicing Law Institute and led encounter groups, Al-Anon groups, and support groups for spasmodic dysphonia.

Sterling and her husband, Nathaniel Sterling, live at Palo Alto, Calif.

The public is invited to attend the reading and book signing, which will be followed with door prizes and refreshments.