About This Earth You'll Come Back To
Publisher: McPherson & Company
Format: Quality Paperback; 248 pages
Available at your local independent bookstore, Amazon, or directly from McPherson & Company [www.mcphersonco.com]
Available to the trade through Baker & Taylor and
ISBN-10: 1620540150 / ISBN-13: 978-16205401
*Winner of the 2016 Independent Press Award for Women's Fiction
*Finalist for the Ohiana Book Award in Fiction 2016
*Finalist for Foreword Magazine's 2015
Indiefab Book of the Year Award, Literary Fiction
From Foreword Review by Amy O'Loughlin
"Roether has crafted a haunting, complete, and triumphant novel from one character’s perspective. It is a stellar and distinctive achievement."
This Earth You’ll Come Back To, by Barbara Roether, is a singular, profoundly moving debut novel narrated by Rose Healy Koehner, a Midwestern wife and mother of ten who recounts her life and times to her daughter Stephanie. There is a unique twist to Rose’s tale telling: she does it from the grave while Stephanie stands at her graveside. Rest assured, though, there’s nothing supernatural or ghoulish about Roether’s narrative. It is an elegant rumination on memory, family, contrition, connectedness, and the ways in which geography and landscape—indeed, the place we call home—informs our self-perception.