DANVIS TALES

DANVIS TALES creates an engaging story of intertwined lives. There's Sam Lovel who would rather be in the woods hunting fox than tending to the farm, and whose wild wanderings are only slightly domesticated by Hudlah Purrington the woman he woos and marries. There is Uncle Lisha Peggs, the sometime cobbler, whose shop is the stage for serious story telling. There is Pelatiah Gove, who, jilted in love, turns to rum, but is saved from a life of alcoholism through the tough and loving care of Uncle Lisha. And there is the outrageous and wonderful French-Canadian butcher of the English language, Antoine Bassette, the biggest and best liar in a pack of liars. Read More ...


DR. NORTON’S WIFE

Dr. Norton's Wife was praised for its quiet honesty and artistic integrity when it was first published in 1938. It stands up firmly as a portrait of a marriage subjected to the strain of unexpected invalidism. As a doctor's wife, Sue Norton is no stranger to matters of life and death. But medical shoptalk screens her from the realities of illness until she is diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Never clinical, Walker, herself the wife of a doctor, accurately describes the disease's progress and the adjustments necessary to cope with it. The result is a tender story of "the marriage of true minds." Read More ...


THE BREWERS’ BIG HORSES

Little Sara Bolster loved the great shining horses that drew the Henkel brewery wagon through the streets of Detroit in the 1880s. Those horses came to signify her fate, for she married the Henkel son and later, as a widow, took over the business. Sara's struggle against the intolerance and hypocrisy of family and friends who disapproved of a woman running a brewery and opening a beer garden makes her a standout among the characters of Mildred Walker. The Brewers' Big Horses recreates the manners and traditions of Germans in America as Prohibition gets up steam. Mildred Walker, chronicler of the modern American West and New England, is gaining new admirers with Bison Books reprints of such novels as Winter Wheat and The Southwest Corner. Read More ...