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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.
It was fantastic.....I'm so glad I had both books so I could flow from one to the other without having to wait to see what would happen next!
A DEFINITE RECOMMENDATION!
A good novel centered around the beginnings of the Civil War in Missouri.Published 3 months ago by Rich Keppner
Steve is an amazing author. His book was also one I could not put down. He has a nack for this and I am proud to know him as a person and an author. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Darren Hampton
A riveting and heartbreaking account of the Civil War in the Ozarks of southeastern Missouri.Published 17 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 19 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 21 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 on April 6, 2013 by Marie E, Erickson