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The Wanderers

by Marydale Stewart  US United States

March 28, 2018   |    541 reads    |   0 comments

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The Wanderers - Book coverThe 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.

His father’s suicide a dozen years earlier has frozen Kurt’s adult life into a destructive cycle of self-doubt and guilt. In Linden Grove, Kurt begins his journey to a full life. He volunteers in a therapeutic riding program, learns about community from a Quaker meeting, and shares his work on Old English poetry with Sarah Eliot, a college English teacher. In the end, Kurt’s brush with death makes him realize his love for Sarah.

About The Author

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.

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