A Stone for Amer opens in the Swedish Cemetery of Rockford, Illinois, 1986. An elderly Will Lindstrom and daughter, Callie, primary characters in Szarke's first novel, Delicate Armor--search for Amer Lindstrom's grave. Will and his brother Ray were teenagers when their uncle left the family farm in Minnesota to stake a claim in Eastern Montana.
Through his letters, Amer assures everyone that his hard work is paying off. But in 1919, the family receives a telegram from the sheriff of Jordan, stating that Amer has been shot and killed. Will is sixteen when he and his father travel West to claim the body. Has Amer been murdered over a land dispute or targeted because of his identity?
Sixty-seven years later, desperate to find a marker for his uncle--symbolic proof that Amer Lindstrom mattered in this world--Will tells us his story: A Stone for Amer.
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Will Lindstrom was only sixteen when he traveled with his father from their farm in southern Minnesota to the "godforsaken" wilds of eastern Montana in 1918 to claim the body of his Uncle Amer. All these years later Will finally reveals to his daughter Callie the truths he learned about his beloved uncle and the prejudice that killed him and wounded his family.
About Szarke's debut novel, Delicate Armor --
"...an enthralling story with unforgettable characters."
~ Carole Wendt, former producer, The Today Show
"...a journey so elegantly described..."
~ Ron Schara, host, Minnesota Bound
"Connie Claire Szarke writes with compassion and artistry..."
~ Brent Spencer, author of Rattlesnake Daddy
Originating from Southwest Minnesota, Connie Claire Szarke is inspired by the human condition and its relationship to the natural world.
"A fascinating drama of the Midwestern ethos, 'A Stone for Amer' is a very welcome prequel/sequel to Szarke's Midwest Book Award finalist, 'Delicate Armor', a penetrating coming-of-age family saga set against a lovingly depicted backdrop of the natural world." -- Dave Wood, National Book Critics Circle, former book editor, "Minneapolis Star Tribune" "Grief and rage that didn’t fade in seven decades drive the narrator of this novel set in eastern Montana. The harsh realities of homesteading leave readers appreciative." -- Kristen Inbody, Reach Tribune staff writer, Great Falls, Montana "It isn't unusual for local authors to receive endorsements from fellow writers in this supportive literary community. But Szarke is earning raves from an exceptional group, including poet/oral historian and environmental writer Joe Paddock; syndicated newspaper columnist, Minneapolis Star Tribune, author and University of Minnesota senior fellow Stephen Wilbers; novelists Faith Sullivan and Pamela Carter Joern; and 'Minnesota Bound' TV host Ron Schara." --Mary Ann Grossmann, book editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press "Connie Claire Szarke writes with compassion & artistry..." --Brent Spencer, author and professor, Creighton University, Omaha "Having read all three of your books (trilogy)...I wish to thank you for the prodigious amount of creative thought you put into this [work], all tied together in a long reflective car trip of Callie with her father, Will... You have a writing gift, using words so eloquently to introduce characters who grow in size and memory and significance as you write." --Don Draayer, former Superintendent, Minnetonka School District 276
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Book Description Heron Bay Publishing, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # INGM9780988536302
Book Description Heron Bay Publishing, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110988536307