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Available late 2018, SMITH gives a rich and detailed peek into the lives of tin and coppersmiths - and what it would take for a woman artisan in the 1860's to survive.
The Short Story
Marya Kotlarczyk knows she's a horrible cook. Yet the responsibilities of the hearth and caring for her tinsmithing family falls on her as the group heads west to Flats Town (before the rail) in 1865. After her brothers choose to join the Army and Carrington's march west, Marya must turn to her limited smithy knowledge to keep the family business from crashing while fielding her own insecurities, the anomaly of her gender and discovering a new identity in a new town.
"This engrossing novel gives us a glimpse into two subjects rarely found together: the settling of the Dakotas by first generation Americans, and the tinsmith trade on the frontier, before boundaries closed in. A trip back to a wilder but also more innocent time. It is reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman's epic 1971 and 1972 films: "The Emigrants" and "The New Land." - Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of The Memoirs of Cleopatra, Mary Called Magdalene, Helen of Troy, and Elizabeth I.
"Sara Dahmen has a sharp eye for the perils and joys of frontier life, and a passion for tinsmithing that feels totally authentic. Add to that the slow burn of a romantic plot with a heroine determined to choose her own future in a man's world and you have the recipe for a fine night by a winter's fire." - C.C. Humphreys, internationally recognized playwright, actor, and novelist of the Jack Absolute series.