I’m going to do something a little… different. It’s a book review—for a book I haven’t read.

Let me tell you a story. When I was in Oregon for a semester in undergrad, one of my professors was a woman named Jessie van Eerden. She was not one of the “old guard,” if you will, among the professors; in fact, Jessie was almost as new to the OE as my companions and I (her husband, Mike, and her sister were both OE alums).

Jessie gave lectures, met with seminar groups, and advised individual projects, as did the other professors. She also led a sort of casual writing group, and several of us benefited from her insightful and compassionate guidance.

One evening in Oregon, we had a “coffeeshop” sort of night, with instruments and sing-a-longs, and Jessie read an excerpt from her unpublished first novel, Glorybound. I was caught up in the touching and lovely words, and by the way Jessie’s warm voice fell into a native West Virginia lilt as she wove the story of Aimee and Crystal Lemley. After hearing those words and voices, I knew I had to read the book.

I’ve had to be patient, but the day has arrived: Glorybound is here. (!!!!!!) It’s available to order from WordFarm now—and you can also find book and author information and a pdf excerpt on their website, in case my fangirl excitement alone isn’t enough to win you over. Sally Craft from WordFarm assures me that it’ll also soon be available via Amazon and Small Press Distribution.

I’ve already ordered my copy. I recommend you do the same—you’ll be supporting a really great small press and a fantastic up-and-coming writer. If that’s not enough for you, get back to me once I’ve actually read it: I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to convince you.


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