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In Conversation about In Our Midst

I’m delighted to announce two upcoming live conversations about In Our Midst. You’re invited to join one–or both–virtually.

The first is a conversation led by bestselling novelist Sena Jeter Naslund, hosted by Carmichael’s Bookstore on Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

The second event will be a conversation with Michelle Dotter, my editor and publisher at Dzanc Books–a perfect event for anyone interested in hearing about the process of acquisition and editing . This conversation is hosted by Literati Bookstore on Monday, September 28 at 7:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

To register for either or both events, click on the links for Carmichael’s and Literati and follow their links for registration.

Please come!

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Talking about IN OUR MIDST in Turbulent Times

If you’d like to know a little about the writing of In Our Midst and how my original intentions for the novel connect to our present, turbulent times, read this brief interview.

You can read the first chapter of In Our Midst here, and peruse the reading group guide.

Through July 31, 2020, you can also get a 20% discount on In Our Midst by ordering directly from my publisher, Dzanc Books.  At checkout, add the code: INOURMIDST

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Historical Novel Society Review

My thanks to the Historical Novel Society  for this review of In Our Midst.

Reviewer Janice Ottersberg says In Our Midst, “is a close look at America’s German internment camps, including how the government justified them and the lengths gone to in keeping them secret. In many ways, the conditions in the camps and the treatment of the prisoners can be compared to a Nazi prison camp or a Stalin Gulag. This cruel treatment often tested the American loyalty of prisoners, causing many to join the militant Nazi factions developing within the camps. The Aust men tread a line between compliance with the camp rules and avoiding the bullying Nazi followers in order to survive.”

I’d love to join in conversation with any book club that adopts In Our Midst.

Click here if you’d like to read the first chapter of In Our Midst.

Click here for the Reading Group Guide.

Contact me if you’d like me to join your book group discussion.

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A Publication Day Reading

Today is publication day for In Our Midst!  Alas, none of us can be in public spaces right now for anything like a reading, a Q&A, and a launch party–but I have a computer, a headset and a serviceable built-in voice recorder, so I have created a short reading you might enjoy.

What you’ll hear are the last two pages of the first chapter of In Our Midst.  The scene is set in the Aust Family Restaurant, during a midday St. Nikolas Day celebration on December 7, 1941.  Click here to listen.

If you’d like to read the first chapter, click here.

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Coming April 28, 2020

Only a few days more! 

Drawing upon a long-suppressed episode in American history, when thousands of German immigrants were rounded up and interned following the attack on Pearl Harbor, In Our Midst tells the story of one family’s fight to cling to the ideals of freedom and opportunity that brought them to America.

Nina and Otto Aust, along with their teenage sons, feel the foundation of their American lives crumbling when, in the middle of the annual St. Nikolas Day celebration in the Aust Family Restaurant, their most loyal customers, one after another, turn their faces away and leave without a word. The next morning, two FBI agents seize Nina by order of the president, and the restaurant is ransacked in a search for evidence of German collusion.

Ripped from their sons and from each other, Nina and Otto are forced to weigh increasingly bitter choices to stay together and stay alive. Recalling a forgotten chapter in history, In Our Midst illuminates a nation gripped by suspicion, fear, and hatred strong enough to threaten all bonds of love―for friends, family, community, and country.

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