Small town America, struggling with compromise.
Place and home are just a couple of the topics explored in Kate Brandes’ novel, THE PROMISE of PIERSON ORCHARD (Wyatt-MacKenziePublishing). Everyday people are already dealing with complex lives before fracking comes to the small community of Minden, Pennsylvania and the townspeople stand to risk losing the land they love.
Cracks are already deep in the Pierson family, when after twenty years, brother Wade swoops into town hoping to make everyone rich off the land his brother Jack has been tending to for the past two decades. THE PROMISE of PIERSON ORCHARD alternates between the points of views of the two brothers and LeeAnn, Jack’s wife who recently left him, and now Wade shows interest. Boundaries are constantly being pushed to the breaking point.
Kate Brandes’s writing is subtle, but clear and fast paced in juxtaposition to the patterns of a small town. Jack, LeeAnn, Wade and Green Energy, as well as the arrival of the brother’s estranged environmental lawyer mother, growing conflict eventually comes to a point of finality, and a resolution where nobody is really a winner.
Brandes’ tackles issues of “abandonment, identity, loneliness, love, personal choice” – so many, only a talented writer like Brandes could successfully navigate the landscape of THE PROMISE of PIERSON ORCHARD. I enjoyed being out in the orchard with Jack and LeeAnn. I had no idea what complexities go into being a orchardist … and the huge amount of work.
An environmental scientist with 20 years of experience, Kate Brandes is also a watercolor painter and a writer of women’s fiction with an environmental bent. Her short stories have been published in The Binnacle, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Grey Sparrow Journal. Kate is a member of the Arts Community of Easton (ACE), the Lehigh Art Alliance, Artsbridge, the Pennwriters, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Kate lives in a small town along the Delaware River with her husband, David, and their two sons. When she’s not working, she’s outside on the river or chasing wild flowers.
Connect with Kate
On Kate’s website, you’ll find suggested questions for book clubs. Kate believes, “there are parallels between nature, painting, and writing.” She shares some of her beautiful original pieces on her website.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours http://www.tlcbooktours.com we have one copy of THE PROMISE OF PIERSON ORCHARD to giveaway to one lucky winner. Just tell us what your thoughts are about fracking. We’ll announce a winner Monday.