Cranston author releases hardback edition of thought-provoking Christian novel

CRANSTON, R.I. — This week marks the nationwide hardback release of author Karen Petit’s suspense-filled Christian novel, “Roger Williams in an Elevator.”

The protagonist of “Roger Williams in an Elevator,” Kate Odyssey, is a resident of Rhode Island and a descendant of Roger Williams. After she becomes trapped in a partially destroyed building, she helps people who are trapped inside of eight different elevators: yelling, accounting, liberty, watery, fiery, falling, sharing and hidden. The different elevator communities create their own rules and freedoms. Events from these communities are connected to Williams’ 17th century search for freedom.

In her dreams and reality, Odyssey meets Williams and his legacy. During her journey, she sees statues of Williams and historic items in the Rhode Island State House. Photos of these attractions appear in “Roger Williams in an Elevator.”

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Petit has a doctorate in English/rhetoric from the University of Rhode Island. She is the writing center coordinator and an adjunct faculty member at the Community College of Rhode Island. The author loves to help others to write as well as to write her own novels, which include “Banking on Dreams” and “Mayflower Dreams.”

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