Michelle Hoover will read from her haunting story of pride, love, and betrayal, set among the rugged terrain of Iowa, Bottomland. At once intimate and sweeping, Bottomland follows the Hess family in the years after World War I, as they attempt to rid themselves of the Anti-German sentiment that left a stain on their name. But when the youngest two daughters vanish in the middle of the night, the family must piece together what happened while struggling to maintain their life on the unforgiving Iowa plains.
Michelle Hoover is the Fannie Hurst Writer-in-Residence at Brandeis University and teaches at GrubStreet. Her debut novel, The Quickening, was a 2010 Massachusetts Book Award Must Read. She is a native of Iowa and lives in Boston.
"Bottomland is a magnificent, sweeping book, filled with the hardship of immigrant life and the poignancy of family ties. Michelle Hoover has taken up Willa Cather’s mantle in chronicling the beautiful nobility of the nascent American West." —Allison Amend