Will Lindstrom was only sixteen when he and his father left the predictable routine of their family farm in southwestern Minnesota and were launched, via the Transcontinental Railway, into the wilds of eastern Montana to find Uncle Amer. The year was 1919. Decades later, after he and daughter Callie arrive at the Scandinavian Cemetery in Rockford, Illinois, in search of Amer’s tombstone, an elderly Will recounts that difficult journey west, pays homage to the life that was, and reveals controversial truths about his beloved uncle and the prejudice that killed him.
A Stone for Amer is a part of the Callie Lindstrom trilogy, including Delicate Armor and Lady in the Moon, A Novel in Stories.
“A fascinating drama of the Midwestern ethos, A Stone for Amer is a very welcome prequel/sequel to Szarke’s Midwest Book Award finalist, Delicate Armor, a penetrating coming-of-age family saga set against a lovingly depicted backdrop of the natural world.” — Dave Wood, National Book Critics Circle, former book editor, Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Grief and rage that didn’t fade in seven decades drive the narrator of this novel set in eastern Montana. The harsh realities of homesteading leave readers appreciative. ” — Kristen Inbody, Reach Tribune staff writer, Great Falls, Montana
“It isn’t unusual for local authors to receive endorsements from fellow writers in this supportive literary community. But Szarke is earning raves from an exceptional group, including poet/oral historian and environmental writer Joe Paddock; syndicated newspaper columnist, Minneapolis Star Tribune, author and University of Minnesota senior fellow Stephen Wilbers; novelists Faith Sullivan and Pamela Carter Joern; and ‘Minnesota Bound’ TV host Ron Schara.” — Mary Ann Grossmann, book editor for the St. Paul Pioneer Press
“Connie Claire Szarke writes with compassion & artistry…” — Brent Spencer, author and professor, Creighton University, Omaha
“Having read all three of your books (trilogy)…I wish to thank you for the prodigious amount of creative thought you put into this [work], all tied together in a long reflective car trip of Callie with her father, Will…. You have a writing gift, using words so eloquently to introduce characters who grow in size and memory and significance as you write.” — Don Draayer, former Superintendent, Minnetonka School District 276
Connie Claire Szarke
Connie Claire (Peterson) Szarke, award-winning Minnesota author, came of age in the Southwestern part of the state, influenced by life on the prairie, among farms, small towns, woods, and lakes. As a former high school French teacher and lifelong pianist, Szarke’s links with European culture, history, and the arts provide her with additional material for her novels and short stories. She currently lives on a lake west of the Twin Cities.