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Maggie Kast

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My novel, A Free, Unsullied Land, was published by Fomite Press November 1, 2015. The book will be featured, along with my memoir, The Crack between the Worlds: a dancer's memoir of loss, faith and family, at the Printer's Row Book Fair, Chicago IL, on Saturday, June 11 2-6 pm/

A Free Unsullied Land is set in Chicago, 1930. Nineteen-year-old Henriette Greenberg takes her first steps away from an abusive home on the dance floor of a jazz dive in prohibition-era Chicago and is enraptured by this new music. Struggling to escape a mother who doesn’t like girls and a father who likes young women all too well, she submerges herself in bad sex and political action. She meets and falls in love with Dilly Brannigan, a graduate student in
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