“A fast-paced story that will keep you reading till the wee hours … Sure-handed poise and a light touch.”
– Lin Enger, author of The High Divide and Undiscovered County
“With prose fresh and crisp as autumn air, Severn’s debut novel will transport you to Luce, Minnesota, population 5,000, just a stone’s throw from Keillor’s Lake Wobegon, Lewis’s Gopher Prairie, and Lovelace’s Deep Valley.”
– Thom Tammaro, three-time Minnesota Book Award winner
“Liz Kisacky Severn’s first novel is a delightful debut. Its zesty narrator, Trudy, under suspicion of committing a serious crime, lovingly renders the lore of the land and the secret lives of its inhabitants. Read this one with relish.”
– Alan Davis, author of So Bravely Vegetative and Rumors from the Lost World
After wealthy recluse Lyle Staybler dies under mysterious circumstances, Trudy Pluth becomes a person of interest. Townspeople mount judgments against her and enemies lurk in the shadows. Her few remaining friends offer support as they help Trudy renovate an old house. It’s a diverse group: Trudy, who looks at people as projects in need of repair; Martha, whose Minnesota-nice persona masks her sadness and fears; Iris, a person of color transplanted from the East who’s not sure how she fi ts in; and Greta, with a scandalous life that offers fodder for small-town gossips.