Nonfiction Book Award Status: Silver
On Sunday, September 4th, 2011, Alice Davis, a respected and beloved English teacher at Parkside High School in Salisbury, Maryland, vanished. Her disappearance shocked the community and left her family, friends, fellow teachers, and students fearing the worst. Within days, her husband, Jess Davis, committed suicide just as the police were closing in on him as their prime suspect. Alice’s body was soon discovered in the woods near their home and the terrible crime came to a swift conclusion.
But what remains? For one of Alice’s students, Stephanie L. Fowler, the heartbreaking loss of her high school mentor set her on a journey to honor the teacher she loved. Part memoir, true crime, biography, and cautionary tale, Chasing Alice examines Alice’s life, reveals the dangers of isolation and domestic violence, and seeks to preserve the legacy of a woman who touched the lives of many.
Stephanie L. Fowler is a graduate of Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, and the winner of the 2001 Sophie Kerr Prize, the largest undergraduate literary award in the country. This is her second book. Although a lifelong Marylander, she currently lives in southern coastal Delaware with her wife, Patty, and their dog, Lima.