MN Author Mary Casanova's New Historical Novel: Waterfall
Mary Casanova's latest book of fiction published by the University of Minnesota Press is her third on Rainy Lake. Set in the year 1922 this time we meet Trinity Baird - a 21 year old artist from a wealthy family who spend their summers on their island. Trinity is strong but broken. She's been put away in an asylum in St. Peter for being "hysterical". The book resonates with issues we are grappling with today: stigmas about mental illness, women's equality, racism, anti-semitism....
Mary captures not only the time but the place with grace and a fierce love of nature that she shares with her main character.
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A deeply satisfying read, it shows that one can go over the waterfall and still survive. —Mary Logue, author of The Streel and the Claire Watkins mystery series