- Robin Black, award-winning author of LIFE DRAWING
- Alix Ohlin, highly acclaimed author of THE MISSING PERSON and BABYLON and OTHER STORIES
"Capably following in the footsteps of Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer, Kate Brandes marries flora and family in The Promise of Pierson Orchard to craft an unmistakable sense of place in an evolving environment. This paean to pastoral roots torn asunder by capitalist yearnings is equal parts promise and prediction for our fast-changing future."
--Ellen Urbani, author of LANDFALL and WHEN I WAS ELENA
"The Promise of Pierson Orchard is a well-tended story about two brothers who love the same girl and were disappointed by the same woman-their mother. When life brings them all back together again, old wounds are re-opened and regrets bubble to the surface. As sweet and tart as the apples grown in an orchard so vivid I felt as if I had been there, this novel is sure to please fans of family-driven fiction."
-Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of HIDDEN and FRACTURED
"Newcomer Kate Brandes delivers honest, shades-of-gray storytelling in The Promise of Pierson Orchard. This is a nuanced tale about the rise of poison in one fractured family, and how high-pressure situations can clarify what's most important to us. You'll remember these complex characters long after you've finished the book."
-- Therese Walsh, author of THE MOON SISTERS and THE LAST WILL OF MOIRA LEAHY