LOCATION: NORTH BRANCH CAFE, 41 State St., Montpelier, VT
Join Montpelier author Daniel Hecht at the North Branch Cafe for a launch event and signing to celebrate the release of his new novel, On Brassard's Farm (Blackstone, April 3, 2018). With wine, food and fun!
Free and open to the public.
Daniel Hecht is the author of six novels published in twelve languages and seventy-four editions throughout the world, with bestsellers in the United States, England, Holland, and Israel. His previous novels include Skull Session, The Babel Effect, City of Masks, Land of Echoes, and Bones of the Barbary Coast. Hecht lives in Vermont and teaches at Champlain College.
On Brassard’s Farm has received these excellent early endorsements:
"Daniel Hecht's story made me fall in love-with a hard land and a harder way of life, with tough women and noble men and the complex ecosystem that is the human family. In his hands, love is gritty and exhausting and the only thing powerful enough to keep us on our feet. In times of darkness, a story like this gives light, and strength, and hope."
—Laurie R. King, New York Times bestselling author of The Beekeeper's Apprentice, Folly, and twenty-five other novels
"On Brassard's Farm is at once a captivating love story and a profound portrait of existential despair and personal rebirth. Ann Turner, Hecht's unsinkable heroine, manages to flourish on the bit of granite and earth she adopts as her own, but only by coming to see herself and the farm in ways she could never have imagined. Maybe not since Frost has a writer focused so intently and lucidly on the physics of farm life, the hidden armatures of cultivation and growth. Not only are miracles possible on Brassard's farm, but-ironically enough-Vermont's hardscrabble landscape comes to seem uniquely designed to deliver them. Truly an eye-opening tale."
-Philip Baruth, author of Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes
“On Brassard’s Farm kept me reading late into the night, for the pleasure of seeing the world through Ann Turner’s fine-grained consciousness. She’s as clear sighted when she looks within, ‘trying to fix what was wrong with me’ as when she regards the stern beauty of the Vermont landscape she is trying to settle on. The grit and grace of daily life is on every page here, and watching Turner grow from someone who hopes to learn ‘a few self-sufficiency skills’ to full-fledged farmer is the kind of experience all readers search for and rarely find.”
—Heidi Jon Schmidt, author of The House on Oyster Creek and The Harbormaster’s Daughter
“As deeply engaging a novel as I have ever read. The prose is rich, musical, and smart…This is a book that is profoundly real and magical. I can’t recommend it strongly enough.”
—David Huddle, author of Only the Little Bone, The Story of a Million Years, and The Faulkes Chronicle