Growing up in the 1920s, Garnet Richardson watches the birds outside her window, admiring their freedom and beauty. When Garnet is sent away to a lakeside resort town for the summer, she discovers a chance to finally spread her wings, and her explorations land her where she least expects—enthralled with a beautiful and daring flapper, Isabella.
Often the most recognized, even brutal, events in American history are segregated by a politicized, racially divided “Color Line.” But where—asks this intense and ambitious National Poetry Series winner—is the Color Line in the mind, in the body, between bodies, between human beings?
Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of three collections of essays and meditations, including A Whaler’s Dictionary and, most recently, Of Silence and Song. He is also the author of six collections of poems, a novel, and other projects. He directs the MFA program at Colorado State University and lives in Fort Collins.
When Eugenie de La Roque and her family flee the French Revolution for the wilderness of Pennsylvania, Hannah Kimbrell is chosen to help prepare for their arrival—leading to an unlikely friendship between the aristocrat and the Quaker. This novel is a loving portrait of early America, and a reminder that true nobility is more than a royal title.