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Tall Poppies Review: Sometimes ‘Little Broken Things’ Have a Big Impact…

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  Tender descriptions of Minnesota lake picnics, boathouse romances and childhood memories cloak simmering shame and mysterious motives in this slow unraveling of community secrets, Little Broken Things, from author Nicole Baart. When Quinn’s sister Nora brings a troubled child to the door of her small cottage, telling her not to tell anyone — even their mother and brother who live nearby–the questions burn and linger, and the answers don’t come easily. Whose child is she? Who are they protecting her from? Which male figures can be trusted and which cannot? With Nora skittish about unknown forces, and Quinn forced to hold down the fort with a child who is a virtual stranger, the sisters have to rely more on…

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Iowa and Edna Ferber: The Origins Of ‘The Northeast Quarter’

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In my debut novel, The Northeast Quarter (Wheatmark, November 15, 2016) I tell the story of Ann Hardy, 10 years old at the beginning of the book, who overcomes 12 years of betrayal, banishment, even physical violence, to mature into a smart young female lawyer, who struggles to retain rights to her family’s richest piece of land, “The Northeast Quarter.” The story is loosely based on gossip I heard as a child between his mother and her cousins about family property in rural Iowa. When I began The Northeast Quarter, my goal at the time was to write a play which resembled an Edna Ferber-type novel and set it in Iowa. I had always liked Ferber’s novels for their sweep…

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