Carole Gaunt received the inaugural anne Bancroft Memorial Memoir Writing award from the Stony Brook Southampton Writers Conference for Hungry Hill. Her book has been listed in the 2008 association of American University Presses (aaUP) University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries and was featured on CSPaN's "Book TV" with the theme "Women with Gumption." a graduate of the Commercial Theatre Institute, she was an associate producer for the South african doo-wop musical, Kat and the Kings, which ran on Broadway for 180 performances. a former board member of the alcoholism Council of New York, she often writes about the effects of parental addiction on the children in the family. also, she has appeared as an actor on Lifetime Television
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The fault lines are exposed when a seemingly picture-perfect Fifth avenue family faces the harshest of realities-the death of their daughter. a father turns to work to drown his sorrow, while his wife drifts into a haze of pills and booze. When their surviving child avril inexplicably drops out of her prestigious New England boarding school, her roommate Juliana arrives for a visit, determined to lure her back. acting as a catalyst and witness, Juliana exposes the gaping cracks in the family's Upper East Side facade, forcing its three surviving members to engage with one another and the tragedy they share
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