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Friday, February 28, 2014

Stillwater by Nicole Helget - Book Blog Tour Stop


About The Book:

Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Hardcover; 336p

Clement and Angel are fraternal twins separated at birth; they grow up in the same small, frontier logging town of Stillwater, Minnesota. Clement was left at the orphanage. Angel was adopted by the town’s richest couple, but is marked and threatened by her mother’s mental illness. They rarely meet, but Clement knows if he is truly in need, Angel will come to save him.

Stillwater, near the Mississippi River and Canada, becomes an important stop on the Underground Railroad. As Clement and Angel grow up and the country marches to war, their lives are changed by many battles for freedom and by losses in the struggle for independence, large and small.

Stillwater reveals the hardscrabble lives of pioneers, nuns, squaws, fur trappers, loggers, runaway slaves and freedmen, outlaws and people of conscience, all seeking a better, freer, more prosperous future. It is a novel about mothers, about siblings, about the ways in which we must take care of one another and let go of one another. And it’s brought to us in Nicole Helget’s winning, gorgeous prose.

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My Thoughts:

There must be something in those cold Minnesota winters that drive people a little more than crazy! And the characters in Nicole Helget's new novel, "Stillwater," are prime examples of this - these folks were just nuts.

Featuring a cast of slightly unhinged characters, Helget's story of small town life in the wilds of Minnesota is a fascinating look at the history of the northern state before statehood as well as several family dramas woven together.  Written as a series of short stories, each showcasing a separate character, this novel captivates and titillates with it's fast moving pace.

But it is truly the characters that drive this novel - from the crazed mother who poisons her adopted daughter to get her husband's attention to the hardworking nun who loves the orphan children as if they were her own to the vulgar trapper with three wives who wanders in and out of each story - if you like quirky characters, this novel has them in huge doses.

Fans of historical fiction will find "Stillwater" an absorbing read.

Nicole HelgetAbout the Author:

Born in 1976, NICOLE LEA HELGET grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota, a childhood and place she drew on in the writing of her memoir, The Summer of Ordinary Ways. She received her BA and an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Based on the novel’s first chapter, NPR’s Scott Simon awarded The Turtle Catcher the Tamarack Prize from Minnesota Monthly.

Nicole Helget shares her thoughts on writing and her influences, as well as beautiful photos of her family (including six children!) at her blog. You can also follow her on Twitter.

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Virtual Book Tour Schedule

Monday, February 24
Guest Post & Giveaway at La Vanity Victorienne
Tuesday, February 25
Review at Oh, for the Hook of a Book
Wednesday, February 26
Spotlight & Giveaway at Passages to the Past
Thursday, February 27
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Guest Post & Giveaway at Historical Fiction Connection
Friday, February 28
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Interview at Oh, for the Hook of a Book
Monday, March 3
Review at Lost in Books
Review & Giveaway at Staircase Wit
Tuesday, March 4
Review at Confessions of a Book Hoarder
Wednesday, March 5
Review & Giveaway at Books in the Burbs
Interview & Giveaway at The Maiden’s Court
Thursday, March 6
Spotlight & Interview at MK McClintock
Friday, March 7
Review at A Rose in the City
Review at Flashlight Commentary

My thanks to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for including me on this blog tour and for providing the review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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Beth Hoffman said...

I'm in the mood to read a book with some craziness, and it sounds like these characters are just what I'm looking for!

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