Freedom’s Purchase

The Maelstrom

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The Maelstrom, a historical novel, combines an immigrant saga with a slave’s quest for freedom in the era of Abolition and the Civil War. 

The Story: ANDERS and MARIA, recently arrived from Norway, struggle to farm the Illinois prairie. They accept the challenge of Underground Railroad operations in order to aid the flight of a determined young African American slave named DANIEL, who is on a hazardous journey from slave to freedom fighter.

The epic plot, unveiled from multiple points of view, highlights the varied meanings that people attach to freedom and the varied prices they must pay to purchase it in the desperate turmoil of the mid-1800s. 

This story, suggested by the history of my own family, goes to the heart of our nation’s troubled past. 

The Future of The Maelstrom: The manuscript is now being polished to make it an irresistible book.

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