NC Literary Hall of Fame



The Osprey's View by Lucia Peel Powe

Wisdom House Books
$12.99, paperback
ISBN: 978-0-692-56194-2
April, 2016
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A ten-foot wooden motorboat swerved around, negotiating with difficulty the rapidly-racing current of the Roanoke River, when the shortest of three men crowded in lost his footing and, thereby, control of his tiller. The second man was flung into the bottom of the boat, and the third man, the tallest, was thrown backward, slamming into the gunwale before sliding broken-backed into the swift, cold water. How in hell did this happen? Did the boat crash into a submerged rock? Did it collide with an underwater cypress stump?

What does an osprey diving for fish and causing an awful boating accident on the Roanoke River have to do with a romance years later in Richmond and Milan? Follow the sly stylings of Lucia Peel Powe in her novella The Osprey’s View, watch closely as she reveals many keen observations of life and love, of surprises and reversals, in the World War II-era South, and be nicely rewarded indeed!

Lucia Powe earned her BFA in speech and drama at Wesleyan Conservatory in Macon, Georgia, and later attended UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke and East Carolina University for graduate work. Eastern North Carolinians remember her as “Miss Lucia” on the syndicated program, Romper Room, produced in Greenville, NC. Over the years she has taught creative writing, speech, drama, music and art history at both college and high school levels. Along with her first husband, Judge Elbert “Junie” Peel, of Williamston, Lucia reared four daughters (Lucia Claire Peel, Mimi Peel Roughton, Sydney Peel Woodside, and Elizabeth Peel), one horse, and several dogs and cats. Widowed for ten years, she married another attorney, E.K. Powe, of Durham, the father of three daughters.

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