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Fertile Ground

By Penn Stewart


Publication Date: HC October 7, 2014 | PB July 12, 2016
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)

During the cold spring of 1942 in upstate New York, US government officials steal away German-born farmer Hans Müller in the middle of the night, leaving his wife and two sons alone and without explanation. Does Hans’ odd obsession with his shortwave radio and foreign newspaper clippings mean that his quaint American life has been a lie? Or has the government made a horrible mistake that threatens to undo their family?

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During the cold spring of 1942 in upstate New York, US government officials steal away German-born farmer Hans Müller in the middle of the night, leaving his wife and two sons alone and without explanation.

Does Hans’ odd obsession with his shortwave radio and foreign newspaper clippings mean that his quaint American life has been a lie? Or has the government made a horrible mistake that threatens to undo their family?

Lucy Müller is met with furtive glances and outright prejudice. Her sons are bullied at school and confused by their father’s absence. Hans tries to keep his head down and simply survive the camp’s fences, guards, and fellow prisoners, as his frustration mounts. The Müllers each endeavor to redefine themselves and their places in society, and while some family bonds strengthen and others wear thin, the question of Hans’ guilt or innocence looms over them all like a storm cloud..

The first book in an ongoing series, Fertile Ground is a haunting drama that straddles both historical and contemporary fiction genres. Splitting the perspective between Hans and his wife Lucy, it speaks to both the mystery and pain of World War II internment experiences and the struggles and internal growth of a family ostracized from their small town.

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  • Format : Hardcover | Paperback | eBook
  • Publication Date : HC October 7, 2014 | PB July 12, 2016
  • Language : English; 242 pages
  • ISBN-13 : HC 978-1-908483-69-0 | PB 978-1-910282-22-9
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 9 inches | 229 x 159mm

About The Author

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Penn Stewart teaches writing at Western Illinois University. He has published personal essays, book reviews, articles, poetry, and numerous short stories in journals and magazines. His most recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Two Hawks Quarterly, Ellipsis, Word Riot, 4'33 (UK), Midwest Literary Magazine, Fresh Yarn, The Meadowland Review, and elsewhere. Penn was born in Connecticut, raised in Texas, and moved to southeast Louisiana as a young man. After a stint at the University of Louisiana, Penn worked in various service industry jobs, and after he got married returned to school to complete his bachelor's degree at the University of New Orleans.

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