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After Sara’s death in 1950, Margaret, her sister and her father moved  to southwest Virginia and then to a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, where she grew up. She holds degrees from Tennessee Wesleyan College and the University of Richmond.

Margaret spent more than 30 years as a political reporter and then editorial writer for The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot. Her first book, Free at Last: What Really Happened When Civil Rights Came to Southern Politics, grew out of an Alicia Patterson Fellowship year in which she traveled the South, talking to people about how life had changed since passage of the Voting Rights Act.

In Claiming the Dream: The Victorious Campaign of Douglas Wilder of Virginia, Margaret recorded the tumultuous events that led to the 1989 victory of the nation’s first popularly elected African American governor. And in An Expendable Man: The Near-Execution of Earl Washington Jr., she answered the question: How is it possible for an innocent man to come within nine days of execution?

She and her husband, Bob Lipper, live in Richmond, Virginia, and have three spirited children—Sharon Lipper Halsey, Kate Lipper-Garabedian, and Adam Thomas Lipper.   

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“Moving and intense. . . . Margaret Edds writes openly and from the heart.”
Roberta Culbertson, Director, Center on Violence and Community, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

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“Finding Sara reminds you to never underestimate the significance of a handwritten letter, and
that in finding someone
we sometimes
find ourselves.”

Lynne Hughes, Founder and CEO, Comfort Zone Camp

Author photo by Bill Tiernan.
Courtesy Norfolk Virginian-Pilot