Pictured below is Sarah’s grandmother, Nana Fanny Joe, who is the inspiration for “Nana Pete”
Herbert Thomas Schwartz
“The Little Flowers Theologian”
Herbert Thomas Schwartz was the leader of Mount Hope. He gathered people from Greenwich and began this religious community. Mount Hope was originally located in Queens and then Schwartz moved the commune to Mount Hope. Schwartz is the inspiration for the character, “Emmanuel.” “Veronica” represents Charleen, who was Schwartz wife.
This is a post from one of the survivors of Mount Hope. Martha goes into detail about being sexually abused and the aftermath of surviving these horrendous incidents.