A unique combination of history and fiction make this novel both an informative read and a captivating story of human nature. The novel lends itself to a protracted discussion of the various attributes of dreamers and pragmatists, and the pitfalls of each persona. Additionally, the casual reader will find themselves learning a good deal about American history, and perhaps even gaining more knowledge about 19th century farming techniques than they would have imagined. This all speaks to Wiegenstein's flawless research and relentless attention to detail. Slant of Light is a welcome addition to the growing bibliography of Civil War novels, and a delightful read for anyone up for a compelling story of imperfect people and their attempt to carve out a perfect society in the Ozarks. -Nola Diaspora
His novel is an exciting and original take on the history of America becoming America, full of complex characters and rich, realistic dialogue. Slant of Light is the perfect summer read for any fan of historical fiction. - Southern Literary Review
A thoroughly American story with more than regional appeal, Slant of Light is intellectually involving from the outset, and its flawed characters have a way of latching onto readers' emotions. Fans of quality historicals should enjoy seeing how the forces of history and human nature play out in this small corner of the nation. - Reading the Past
By creating flawed, but ultimately compelling characters and setting them against one another in a conflict in which there are varying degrees of right and wrong on most sides, Wiegenstein has produced a novel that opens a window on an era of American history and gave it the human face necessary to make it seem real for the reader. Put simply, this is a strong piece of historical fiction that allows the reader to get inside the issues and beliefs that drove the people to make the decisions that resulted, in a small way, in the country that emerged from the Civil War. - Library Thing
About the Author
Steve Wiegenstein holds a PhD in English from the University of Missouri and has taught at Centenary College of Louisiana, Culver-Stockton College, Drury University, and Western Kentucky University. He is currently the associate dean for graduate students at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri, and is a board member of the Missouri Writers’ Guild. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.