The Green Room, a novel for both young people and adults by Walter Lockwood, tells the story of Frieda Pitts-Morgan, a lonely, neglected eleven-year-old girl whose itinerant parents leave her for a school semester with a grandmother she has never met, an usual woman named Demetria Morgan who is the former matriarch of a renowned circus family of equestrian acrobats. The grandmother’s residence is a chaotic, decaying place full of strange and beguiling surprises, including a talking crow, a wise and mysterious Collie, and a circus horse named Bucephalus. In one room called the Green Room, which her grandmother forbids her to enter, Frieda—a girl of immense imagination—discovers a passage into another world. In the process she unravels the mystery of a family tragedy, of her own incomplete identity and unhappy parentage. Her journey moves her from loneliness to community, from darkness to light, from lies to truth, from death to rebirth.
Walter Lockwood is the author of novels, screenplays, stage plays, poetry, news features, and a history. Among his published or produced works are Jones Unbound (novel, Prentice Hall, Inc.),Finnegan, Begin Again (HBO Feature Film, ACE award winner), Runaway Heart (CBS Movie of the Week), and Dyslexia, the Hidden Disability (PBS documentary). Two recent stage productions, Open Door and Blackbird, have appeared in Grand Rapids theaters. Open Door, a 100-year history of Grand Rapids Junior/Community College, reached bookstores in October of 2014. Lockwood for many years taught writing, literature, and film at Grand Rapids Community College. The college recently honored him with the 2016 Emeritus Faculty Award. He has five children (one deceased), eleven grandchildren, and lives in Grand Rapids with his wife Pam.