VALERIE D. WADE
Author of Ivy Lee’s Rue, is a lifelong resident of Michigan; born in Detroit and raised in Highland Park. She is a Research Administrator, alumna of Wayne State University, published poet, literacy tutor, and animal lover. Her love of writing began in her teen years. She enjoys gardening, spending time with her adult children and grandchildren, and plans to continue her dream of learning to play drums.
About The Books
IVY LEE’S RUE
This story follows Ivy Lee, a warm, compassionate, joyous woman from her childhood in rural North Carolina. The circumstances of her life were not ideal. When a life altering “condition” consumed her, she reached a crossroad. Family secrets and hushed decisions kept the one thing she loved out of reach. She held hope at the cliff of psychological madness, which consumed her life as she longed for peace, clarity, and joy.
Leaving Jacksonville is a touching novella about Ida Mae and her family during the Great Migration. Papa Joe uproots the family from the South, leaving behind their church family and friends. Cousin Ivy Lee (Ivy Lee’s Rue) joins the family as they follow their patriarch in pursuit of his dream of a new life in Detroit.
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