Welcome Meredith Fuller!
Join us for a talk, reading, and signing with Meredith Fuller, writer, poet, and debut author of Quarry. Copies of the book will be for sale following the event.
Time: 3:00-4:00 pm
Location: Falmouth Public Library, 300 Main Street, Hermann Meeting Room
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“Old mystery, old magic. Perhaps the oldest spell of all: to dress in the raiment of another—animal, woman, spirit.”
In Quincy, Massachusetts, a young girl of Finnish and Irish descent loses her father under traumatic circumstances and sets out to learn what happened to him. Intuitive, naïve, implacable, Rose learns to read landscapes of the natural world and the human heart. She confronts history and its suppression. But it will take personal risk and imaginative reach to understand that she is part of a much larger story of immigrants to America. With edgy ordinariness, Fuller’s narrative gift describes secrets and tragedies, slowly revealing the riskier mythic underbelly of every good story. Joan Anderson’s illustrations evoke the enspirited worlds of characters ranging across the United States and Finland. Resurrecting a lost 19th century tradition, Quarry is a stunningly illustrated novel for adult readers of our time.
Quarry was awarded a starred Kirkus Review and selected as one of Best Indie Books of 2017.
Meredith Ann Fuller Meredith is the author of the illustrated novel, Quarry, a Finnish American mystery. Kirkus Reviews named Quarry one of the Best Indie Books of 2017. Meredith’s writing has appeared in The Nation, The American Scholar, Boston Phoenix, Poet Lore, and The Journal of the New Alchemist. In addition to attending workshops at Emerson College, the Provincetown Work Center, and Tinker Mountain, she has an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She worked for many years as a psychologist and psychoanalyst in Massachusetts. Meredith and her husband Jim live in Nebraska, where she continues to write poetry and fiction, and contribute articles to Nebraska Rural Living.
Reviews & Interviews:
- Meredith interviewed by Stuart Chittenden on his Lives podcast
Nebraska Rural Living
Meredith is a new writer on the Nebraska Rural Living Blog.
- Introduction to Meredith’s Byline
- A Stranger In A Strange Land
- Prairie Feminists Awaken!
- Trucker’s Chapel
- Grasping the Nettle
- Burchell’s White Hill Farmhouse Inn: Pioneers, Then and Now
- Quarry, Kirkus Reviews, 15 March, 2017 Issue
“Though the novel, Quarry, is about human condition, Meredith Fuller has made it Finnish through her research into the political life of the Finnish immigrants, their culture, religion, their use of “Finglish” and especially the importance of Finnish epic poetry, The Kalevala. The sauna plays an important part in the story. Through the characters we are able search answers to questions that many Finns have been unable to even voice; nor have they been able to question religion and politics. Many have kept secrets that they have never revealed, never even dared to talk about. This has been true especially in politics where you have been afraid to mention that you or your relatives had at one time moved to Russia. The subject was taboo. The wonderful revealing illustrations by Joan Anderson are depicted in layers, just like the layers of the events in the novel that keep us in suspense. The Sami culture plays an important part in the epic throughout the novel.” Pirkko Karvonen
“Gracefully and powerfully written and beautifully designed, Meredith Fuller’s Quarry is truly a volume made for lovers of books: a compelling tale complemented by dream-images that don’t so much illustrate the story as bring it to startling life. Everything one could want in a novel.”
Pinckney Benedict, author of Miracle Boy and Other Stories
“A bold, risky, and satisfying debut, with a rich cast of characters and wonderful, evocative writing. This is a joy to read!”
Fred Leebron, author of In the Middle of All This
“Not a Finn herself, Fuller has . . . looked into their stoic eyes and seen the essence of their souls, that rise like steam in a smoke-darkened sauna. Her characters . . . are laid bare, flawed, wordlessly writhing in their humanity. . . . not the romantic musings of an ethnic nostalgia writer. No, these characters’ souls are as darkly stained as their workingman’s fingernails . . .”
Jim Kurtti, Honorary Consul of Finland, editor of The Finnish American Reporter
“Joan Anderson’s exquisite photographs, drawings, and paintings both reflect the content and shape the reader’s understanding of Quarry. These evocative images – more than 40 – illuminate the content, yet stand on their own as documents of this gifted artist and spirited designer. Her integrated design of the book makes reading a genuine sensory pleasure.”
Deborah J. Haynes, author of Book of This Place: The Land, Art, and Spirituality and Spirituality and Growth on the Leadership Path: An Abecedary