After the Dam (Paperback)

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The natural world is so much more than setting in Amy Hassinger’s new novel. River, sturgeon, eagles, and three generations of conflicted and intertwined families join forces in this powerful story. Hassinger’s lush prose and nuanced themes of stewardship of our children, our selves, and the earth make this literary page-turner a must-read. 

— From Ellen's Picks


Undone by motherhood, judged by her husband, thirty-two-year-old Rachel Clayborne flees with her baby in the middle of the night for the one place on earth that's been her refuge: her grandmother's lakehouse in northern Wisconsin. Hoping to reconnect with a former, healthier self, she instead faces a confused and dying grandmother, her ever-present nurse who seems bent on thwarting each of Rachel's desires, and a changed ex-boyfriend--her first and most passionate love. As a constant rain threatens the nearby dam, Rachel struggles to discern what's happened to the past, who she's become, and what kind of a life she will make for herself now--one that clings to ghosts or opens bravely to a wild new geography.

From the acclaimed author of Nina: Adolescence and The Priest's Madonna comes a gripping new novel that depicts the transformative power of motherhood with honesty, wit, and compassion.

About the Author

Amy Hassinger is the author of "Nina: Adolescence "and" The Priest s Madonna." Her writing has been translated into five languages and has won awards from" Creative Nonfiction," "Publisher s Weekly," and the Illinois Arts Council. Her work has appeared in numerous venues, including"The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction," "The Writers Chronicle," and "The Los Angeles Review of Books." She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and teaches in the University of Nebraska s MFA in Writing Program."
Product Details
ISBN: 9781597097536
ISBN-10: 1597097535
Publisher: Red Hen Press
Publication Date: September 16th, 2016
Pages: 344
Language: English