The shadow of the Cold War, the healing power of horses, an iconic rescued dog, and a sixth-century poet’s cry of grief are guideposts in this story of love and homecoming. With a brand-new doctorate, Kurt Schafer is about to begin his academic career. But first, he travels to Linden Grove, a small town in northern Illinois, to meet for the first time his Aunt Eva, a childhood victim of the Cold War.
Marydale Stewart is a retired English teacher and librarian. She has a chapbook, Inheritance (Puddin’head Press, Chicago, 2008); two poetry collections, Let the Thunder In (Boxing Day Books, Princeton, IL, 2014) and Risk (Kelsay Books, Hemet, CA, 2017); and two novels, The Wanderers and its sequel. Leaves of the Linden Tree, both from Black Rose Writing, Castroville, TX, 2017 and 2018. She has poems in many literary magazines.