Praise for On the Rocks

One of the top ten Titles to Pick Up Now recommended in O, The Oprah Magazine, February 2013

“…Cather fans will enjoy the atmosphere, and Hallgarth captures the local color well, providing a look at the eccentric island residents, the small-town politics, and the life of the [two] women’s communities.” —American Library Association Booklist, 2/1/2013

“Cather aficionados will be especially interested in the author’s take on Willa Cather’s personal history. The amiable cottage colony on Grand Manan is lovingly captured . . . in a sparkling new literary mystery series.” —Nancy Rutland, founder of Bookworks bookstore, Albuquerque, NM

“What a terrific read. I loved every minute of it, the historical accuracy as well as the carefully managed plot. —Joan Wallach Scott, author of Gender and the Politics of History, and Women’s Studies on the Edge

Albuquerque Journal‘s David Steinberg shouts out Sue Hallgarth’s “Debut Mystery,” 1/12/13

“…the strength of the book is in Hallgarth’s ability to paint a scene. Her research about Grand Manan, Cather & Lewis, and the time period are obviously top notch.” —WildmooBooks

“This historic, literary mystery is the first of what could be a terrific new series. The setting—on the Canadian island of Grand Maras in 1929—is captivating and the story engaging. On the Rocks is a real treat!”—Rose City

“Utterly absorbing . . . Hallgarth spins her tale with an artistry that allows us to imagine a time and place as compelling as a dream.” —Kathleen Hill, author of Who Occupies This House and Still Waters in Niger

“Sue Hallgarth incorporates the spectacular setting of Grand Manan into a mystery set among summer colonies of feminist artists, colorful island types, and suspicious visitors. Cather readers will detect her pronouncements on writing and life, and the island rock itself, a Cather symbol of survival, becomes here a solid contrast to the human foibles that play out on its surface.” —John Murphy, Board of Governors, The Willa Cather Foundation

On the Rocks is sophisticated and yet has a wonderful innocence. It conveys a convincing sense of the period. The characters are rounded, real. It is funny. It is compelling. It is a good tale.” —Jake Page, author of the Mo Bowdre mystery series

“I enjoyed the fun and energy of On the Rocks!” —Lucia Woods Lindley, Board of Governors, The Willa Cather Foundation

“…ON THE ROCKS is a riveting addition to historical fiction collections and those with a love for the artistic life.” —The Midwest Book Review, June 2013

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Author Interviews

Sue Hallgarth KUNM Interview 1/12/13 (MP3) with Susan Thom Loubet

Arbor Farm Press is publishing Sue’s first novel and recently conducted an interview with her:

AFP: What prompted you to write this novel?
SH: It began with an image, a visual image of a body dropping from a cliff. I have no idea why that image came to mind, but when it did I was curious enough to spend time considering what it would be like to see the actual event, what caused it, what would happen next, who might see it, what would happen then. When it occurred to me that the cliff could be on Grand Manan and Willa Cather’s partner Edith Lewis the viewer, I was off and writing.
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Media Inquiries

To request an advance review copy, an author photo, or a high resolution PDF of the book cover, or to schedule interviews, readings, or book signings, please contact Mary Bisbee-Beek, Arbor Farm Press publicity and marketing.