This week’s other featured books, “Somewhere Piano,” by Sarah Sadie, and “The Secret Life of Walter Mott,” by Kal Wagenheim, can be found by scrolling down below this post, or by clicking the author’s name on our Authors page.
THE BOOK: Her Kind (5th anniversary edition)
PUBLISHED IN: 2018.
THE AUTHOR: Robin Throne
THE PUBLISHER: 918studio press (918studiopress.com)
SUMMARY: Rose Emma Parmlee reflects on her 90 years as she compiles a diary that she began in her youth. As she records the migration of a family from England, to the new England, to Iowa, Rose exposes a family’s deepest secrets, including her own unrecoverable relationship with her mother, cousins a bit too close by blood and water, and an entire lineage her siblings never knew. Through an elegantly accessible, minimalist style, like the silence and whispers of all dark secrets, Rose takes the reader into her confidence to join an epistolary journey through intricate relationships, complicated ancestries, and intertwining lives that shaped a watershed and every woman’s place within it.
THE BACK STORY: This novel was inspired by historian Glenda Riley’s research into stereotypes among women in the American West and gender perspectives of colonization in the Iowa territory and other regions. Her Kind is a work of research-based historical fiction and Throne is a professor/writer/researcher who has continued narrative and heuristic research into land and voice dispossession among indigenous cultures in this region as a visiting researcher at the John Henry Hauberg Papers, Augustana College, from which she presented “Hermeneutic archival research & artistic license: Exhuming dispossessed Sauk voices through creative non-fiction” at the Fourteenth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and “Voice as persona: Disinterring dispossessed women’s voices from a Sac & Fox Nation relocation and Gullah Sea island Lowcountry heirs’ property” at the 21st Annual American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences Conference in Las Vegas.
WHY THIS TITLE: Novel title is taken from the Anne Sexton title poem; permission granted by the Anne Sexton estate to include the poem as the novel epigraph. The novel closes with the well known William Stafford poem, “Ask Me,” as an epitaph to the novel’s protagonist (permission granted by William Stafford estate).
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: An alternative historical fictional retelling of the Sac & Fox relocation and settlement of the Iowa territory. From England to the new England to Iowa, a woman reflects on each travail of her family of immigrants who ran from or reached for a promise taken from another.
“Robin Throne’s debut novel–written in a minimalist, poetic style–tells the story of a family’s migration from the old world to the new, with final settlement in Iowa. Documenting that history, a ninety-year-old matriarch uncovers dark family secrets, submerged like ‘mudpuppies, the great river bottom feeders’ (43). A work of alternative historical fiction, Her Kind is an enjoyable, riveting read!” — Nancy Ann Schaefer, In Search of Lode and Living at Hope’s Edge
“Magniﬁcent.” — Ellen Tsagaris, The Subversion of Romance in the Novels of Barbara Pym and Sappho, I should have listened
AUTHOR PROFILE: Robin Throne has completed writer residencies at Wolff Cottage, the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow, and the Writer’s Well. She is the recipient of the fourth David R. Collins literary achievement award from the Midwest Writing Center, the third fiction chapbook prize from Gambling the Aisle, and a literary fiction award from the Writer’s Well for her debut novel, Her Kind. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Trampset, The New Poet Journal, Tipton Poetry Journal, Split Lip Magazine, Mystic Blue Review, and Crab Fat Magazine among others. Her narrative and heuristic research continues into land and voice dispossession among women and indigenous cultures.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: The 5th anniversary edition is blessed by a new Foreword from Mississippi River artist, Nancy Purington, who said, “A mix of memory and longing artfully charted in Her Kind by Robin Throne navigates the collective consciousness with illuminating skill inspired by journal entries of a female pioneer. As a woman who grew up along the Mississippi River where this novel wakes, I am returned in time from the future to this place where river crossings evoke and dredge psychological reflections on life experiences, the river and being a woman.”
SAMPLE CHAPTER: (Provide link). https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0692142983/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i5
LOCAL OUTLETS: The Book Rack QC, The Midwest Writing Center, Brewed Books, Exotic Imports
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: BarnesandNoble.com https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/her-kind-robin-throne/1129457891?ean=9780692142981
PRICE: USD $12.99
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit RobinThrone.com
Twitter: @RobinThrone Facebook: @RobinThroneWriter