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The author of the much acclaimed #1 Indie Next Pick The Green Age of Asher Witherow returns with an enthralling historical mystery about a family shaped as much by tumultuous world events as by each of its members' unspoken decisions. Epic in scope and yet intimate in its emotional power, Perpetua's Kin moves across several generations and much of North America, from Penns ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Atelier26 Books
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At the heart of Perpetua’s Kin stands Benjamin Lorn, a young man beset by wanderlust. Minutes before his mother dies, she extracts his promise not to leave Perpetua, the small Midwestern town where he was born. She also asks him to forgive his father, a Civil War veteran, whose bitterness has poisoned the household for as long as Benjamin can recall. Unable to keep his promise, Benjamin finds himself adrift, traversing the continent as a railroad employee but also for reasons so deeply personal ...more
I received a copy of this book from goodreads giveaway. I would give this book an almost four. Perpetua's Kin takes place over 100 years. Perpetua is a small town In Iowa. When Benjamin Lorn's mother is on her death bed she tells him to get some letters from the barn and read them. he reads of a secret kept from him until now. She wants her young son to stay in Perpetua but he wants to travel. Benjamin heads west and works for the telegraph wires. he meets and falls in love still haunted by the ...more
Jul 14, 2018 Dianah rated it really liked it
M. Allen Cunningham writes a gorgeous story of a tangled family history that spans five generations. The Lorn family has secrets buried deeply in their history, but as they seem to always do, these secrets begin to come to light and have a devastating affect upon their unaware descendents. Cunningham is a remarkable writer: his prose is delicate, touching, and lyrical, and his precise wrangling of the English language shines throughout this book. Set partially during the Civil War, and against a ...more
M. Allen Cunningham released his debut novel The Green Age of Asher Witherow (Unbridled Books) at age twenty-six. Set in a coal-mining town in nineteenth-century California, The Green Age served as the inaugural title for independent publisher Unbridled Books. The novel was widely acclaimed, selected by the American Booksellers Association as a #1 Indie Next Pick, named a Finalist for the Indie Ne ...more