We End in Joy
Memoirs of a First Daughter

By Angela Fordice Jordan
Foreword By Marshall Ramsey

192 pages (approx.), 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, 26 b&w photographs, foreword

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The astonishing, uplifting, and hilarious account of maverick governor Kirk Fordice and his family

We End in Joy: Memoirs of a First Daughter offers an extraordinary perspective on public life in an intimate account from the daughter of a highly controversial southern governor and a widely beloved first lady. Angela Jordan enjoyed a comfortable and quiet life in Vicksburg, the small southern town in which she was reared. She was a thirty-five-year-old mother of three daughters, and a woman with a politically liberal bent, when, against all history's odds, Mississippians elected her conservative Republican father, Kirk Fordice, governor in 1991.

Suddenly fate threw the whole Fordice family into the glaring lights of public life. They made headlines, enlivened the 6 o'clock television news, and provided fodder for every dinner table conversation and robust political speculation around the southeast. As the longstanding marriage of the governor and first lady Pat Fordice dissolved slowly and publicly over two terms in office, everyone with a newspaper subscription or a cable connection watched the trainwreck and high-profile betrayals.

In honest, direct, poignant, and often funny prose, the author offers a rare glimpse into a profoundly complex family and its painfully public fall from grace. Though the book is the story behind the headlines of one of Mississippi's prominent families, Jordan's narrative will also resonate with anyone who has experienced humiliation, divorce, or loss, whether public or private. Through it all, Jordan finds a story of joy ascendant and the wonder of discovering that, in the deepest sorrow, light and love always shine through.

Angela Fordice Jordan, Waynesville, North Carolina, is a freelance writer. Mother of three grown daughters, she lives in the mountains with her husband, Bob.

192 pages (approx.), 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches, 26 b&w photographs, foreword