The Windows of Heaven: A Novel of Galveston's Great Storm of 1900

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TEXAS REVIEW Press, Jun 1, 2000 - Fiction - 240 pages
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Set in Galveston during the 1900 storm, the most devastating natural disaster in the history of the United States, this novel follows the fates of several richly drawn characters. It is the story of Sal, the little girl who is wise beyond her years and who holds out as much hope for the world as she does for her father, the ruined son of a respected father.
It is the story of Sister Zilphia, the nun who helps run the St. Mary's Orphanage. The only thing separating the two long buildings of the orphanage is a fragile line of sand dunes; the only thing separating Zilphia from the world is the brittle faith that she has been sent there to consider. A faith that has never been truly tested. Until now.
And it is the story of Galveston herself, the grand old lady of the Gulf Coast, with her harbor filled with ships from the world over; her Victorian homes and her brothels and her grand pavilions set in their own parks; and her stately mansions along Broadway, the highest ground on the island, at eight feet above sea level. All must face their darkest night now, as nature hurls the worst she can muster at the narrow strip of sand and saltgrass that is doomed to become, for a time, part of the ocean floor.

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User Review  - Kathleen - Goodreads

Beautifully crafted book about the 1900 hurricane in Galveston. He is a wonderful author and story teller. Read full review

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User Review  - Herminio - Goodreads

Very good book. It's as pleasing as a "Big Sandwhich". The Characters in the book are so likeable that you find your self rooting for them till the end of the book. Read full review

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Ron Rozelle teaches creative writing in the Brazosport School District.

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