The inhabitants of Daybreak, a quiet 19th-century utopian community, are courted by a powerful lumber and mining trust and must search their souls as the lure of sudden wealth tests ideals that to some now seem antique. And the courtship isn't just financial. Love, lust, deception, ambition, violence, repentance, and reconciliation abound as the citizens of Daybreak try to live out oft-scorned values in a world that is changing around them with terrifying speed.
About the Author
Steve Wiegenstein is the author of Slant of Light (2012) and This Old World (2014). Slant of Light was the runner-up for the David J. Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction, and This Old World was a shortlisted finalist for the M.M. Bennetts Award in Historical Fiction. Steve grew up in the Missouri Ozarks and worked there as a newspaper reporter before entering the field of higher education. He now lives in Columbia, Missouri. Visit him online at https://stevewiegenstein.wordpress.com/.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a free electronic copy of this historical novel from Netgalley, Steve Wiegenstein, and Blank Slate Press in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for sharing your work with me. We follow the lives of several citizens of a community known as Daybreak, Missouri from August 1887 through the winter of 1888, through good times and bad, prosperity and want. Daybreak began as an experiment in communal living in the 1850's and though there were setbacks through the Civil War things are beginning to smooth back out for the community. Or so it would seem. I loved Josephine and Charlotte, Charlie and Ambrose. I enjoyed watching Charlotte's sons Adam and Newton mature and fill out their places in the community, and the way the community circled round to protect themselves from the lumber and mining company intent on destroying what made Daybreak special. This is a book I will happily recommend to friends and family, and I must read the previous books in their series by Steve Wiegenstein.