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IN THE GREAT QUIET
• Shortlisted for 2022 Retreat West Opening Lines Competition
• Long Longlisted for 2022 Cheshire Novel Prize
THE FOUR WINDS with the the lyrical prose, immersive worldbuilding, and fabulism of THE WATER DANCER
Based on the life of my grandmother’s grandmother, IN THE GREAT QUIET is an upmarket adult historical fiction and fabulism story of 97,000 words. It is a genre-busting blend of history, folklore, mixed-media, and romance.
Oklahoma, 1893. High Noon.
It’s still the wild west, and in moments, the race begins. Minnie Hoopes flees her past, determined to establish a homestead in outlaw country. Alone on her homestead, she must build her farm and survive winter, all while withstanding storms, outlaws, hunger, isolation, and the sheriff who keeps asking questions about a hidden crime. During the long winter nights, Minnie hears voices whispering across the prairie. She wonders if she’s losing her grip on her sanity or linking with ancestral memory. In order to survive the wild west, Minnie must reconcile her past and find a community of her own. IN THE GREAT QUIET is a dual-timeline, feminist story about memory and perception, isolation versus community, and one’s elemental, propulsive search for home. And of course, there’s a sexy cowboy.
Novel - Historical Fiction and Fabulism
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