IN THE GREAT QUIET
editing, querying fall 2022
• Shortlisted for 2022 Retreat West Opening Lines Competition
• Long Longlisted for 2022 Cheshire Novel Prize
THE FOUR WINDS x UPROOTED
Oklahoma, 1893. High Noon. It’s still the wild west.
Minnie Hoopes flees her past, in search of her own land. In the hot, lawless terrain, Minnie is determined to establish her homestead and create a new life—alone. But, a Native woman from the past murmurs her story into the earth. While building her homestead, in mostly isolation, Minnie hears voices and wonders if she is losing her grip on her sanity or linking with ancestral memory.
IN THE GREAT QUIET is a feminist story about memory and perception, isolation versus community, ownership versus what can’t be owned, and one’s elemental, propulsive search for home. And of course, there’s a sexy cowboy.
Based on the true story of Laura's grandmother’s grandmother, IN THE GREAT QUIET is an upmarket adult historical fiction and fabulist story of 98,000 words. It is a genre busting blend of magical realism, folklore, mixed-media, and historical fiction.
Novel - Historical Fiction and Fabulism