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“That remarkable novel that not only embeds us in a bygone time and place, but also wakens us to a wide and presently shared dawn of love, violence, frailty, and possibility.” —Steve Yates, author, Morkan’s Quarry
“Will appeal to fans of both historical fiction and nonfiction—or to anyone who appreciates a strong story told with a true and honest voice. Author Steve Wiegenstein carries us back to a complex time and invites us to share in the tale of a resilient people who are mightily challenged, yet struggle to overcome all.” —Dianna Graveman, editor, Missouri Writers’ Guild, and author, Images of America series
Steve Wiegenstein grew up in the eastern Missouri Ozarks and roams its backwoods and roads every chance he gets. The Black River and the Annapolis Branch Library were his two main haunts as a kid, and they remain his Mecca and Medina to this day. He is a longtime scholar of the 19th century Icarian movement in America, which provided the inspiration for Slant of Light. He particularly enjoyed weaving the real-life story of Sam Hildebrand, the notorious Confederate bushwhacker who murdered one of Steve's ancestors--into the novel. Steve and his wife, Sharon Buzzard, both academics, live in Columbia, MO. Slant of Light, the first book in his Daybreak series, is his first novel.
I live in the area in which this book primarily takes place. I've had the pleasure to hear Wiegenstein speak twice at my local library. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Kaleesha Williams
A riveting and heartbreaking account of the Civil War in the Ozarks of southeastern Missouri.Published 7 months ago by History Buff
This is a must-read for any Missourian, history buff or lover of historical fiction. Meticulously researched, very smart, very accurate. I learned a lot.Published 10 months ago by Amy
I am very pleased with this well written historical novel. It is written about the area I grew up in. Read morePublished 12 months ago by darf
Captures society in the Ozarks of 19th C. Many areas these days in the Ozarks are not much different than in the 1800's.Published 23 months ago by Marie E, Erickson
Being a Missourian and familiar with locales mentiioned made the book even more enjoyable. Seems to be historically accurate in presentation of the basics aand well written. Read morePublished on February 18, 2013 by Jonah
I thoroughly enjoyed the way Steve Wiegenstein portrayed life in Missouri just preceding the Civil War. Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by Teresa
This book had such an easy flow, I could hardly put it down each time I started reading it. Each character was well developed, dialogue was right-on and learning about life then... Read morePublished on December 7, 2012 by Jen H.