Rising Up – a true story of race, love, forgiveness, and the sexual revolution.

Rising Up is the true story of my parents’ unraveling marriage during the racial and social upheavals of the 1960s. With the Civil Rights Movement as backdrop and domestic demise in the foreground, the book exposes how racist real estate policies devastated the dreams of both black and white families and how mental illness reduced a once-loving relationship to rubble. Gartz asks us: how does a woman reconcile conflicting loyalties to both family and to a psychotic mother? How is prejudice replaced by respect? And how does true love rekindle after a withering tragedy?

Rising Up will be published in April 2018 by She-Writes-Press. More details coming soon.