I’m so excited to announce that my historical novel Earth’s Imagined Corners is out today! It’s the first in the Round Earth series, and it’s based on the lives of my great grandparents Frank and Ellen Strong. It was also the first novel I wrote ~ and rewrote and rewrote. It’s got love and conflict and elopement and cooking. I hope you enjoy it!
In 1885 Iowa, Sara Moore is a dutiful daughter, but when her father tries to force her to marry his younger partner, she must choose between the partner—a man who treats her like property—and James Youngblood—a kind man she hardly knows who has a troubled past. When she confronts her father, he beats her and turns her out of the house, breaking all ties, so she decides to elope with James to Kansas City with hardly a penny to their names. In the tradition of Willa Cather’s O Pioneers! and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Earth’s Imagined Corners is a novel that comprehends the great kindnesses and violences we do to each other.
The author Tamara Linse jokes that she was raised in the 1880s, and so it was natural for her to set a book there. She is the author of the short story collection How to Be a Man and the novel Deep Down Things and earned her master’s in English from the University of Wyoming, where she taught writing. Her work appears in the Georgetown Review, South Dakota Review, and Talking River, among others, and she was a finalist for an Arts & Letters and Glimmer Train contests, as well as the Black Lawrence Press Hudson Prize for a book of short stories. She works as an editor for a foundation and a freelancer. Find her online at tamaralinse.com and her blog Writer, Cogitator, Recovering Ranch Girl at tamara-linse.blogspot.com.
Print and ebook versions are available for purchase at these and other online retailers, and you can contact your local bookstore and have them order it for you. Happy reading!
Here's what's coming this week. Tomorrow I’ll post my dear reader letter that tells you all about Frank and Ellen Strong and what’s based on history and what’s made up. Wednesday I'll post an excerpt. Thursday I’ll post the blurbs about the next two in the series. Friday I’ll give you a teaser about what’s coming down the pike in the future.