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May 2020| Fiction | 978-1-948814-21-8 | 242 pp | $16.95


by Chera Hammons





When Anna's husband is murdered in the woods near their Vermont home, she can no longer hide from the secrets they'd been keeping. But she decides to add more of her own. In a landscape where poachers lurk, coyotes roam in packs, bears threaten the livestock, winter starves the wild animals, debilitating sickness is barely kept at bay, and any relationship is a risk, Anna hides John's death in a desperate effort to ensure her own survival.


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CHERA HAMMONS has published three books of poetry, including The Traveler's Guide to Bomb City, winner of the 2017 PEN Southwest Book Award. A fourth, Maps of Injury, is forthcoming from Sundress Publications. Hammons holds an MFA from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont, and serves as the Writer-in-Residence at West Texas A&M University. She lives near Amarillo, Texas, with her husband, three cats, a dog, a rabbit, a donkey, and five horses. Monarchs of the Northeast Kingdom is her first novel.


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An intimate portrait of one woman’s grief and journey towards self-sufficiency . . . raw, emotional, and poignant. Hammons rules over the pen, writing with a deep and honest understanding of the complexity of human emotion and psyche.


Monarchs of the Northeast Kingdom is particularly memorable for its close reading of the ways of animals, and for its evocation of place: a would-be pristine winter kingdom continually threatened by human arrogance, carelessness, and greed. This is an astonishingly mature first novel, suspenseful, haunted—and haunting—from start to finish.” 

A.G. MOJTABAI, author of Shine on Me


“Ominous from its opening image—blood marring cozy domesticity—Monarchs of the Northeast Kingdom is a haunting beauty. Hammons's prose is tight as tripwire. A quiet madness unfolds and the narrative forces the reader to look and see what the most fragile among us are capable of. Her characters, both human and not, will be with me a long time.”
KELLY SOKOL, author of The Unprotected


“Chera Hammons writes fiction with the same lyricism that makes her poetry shine. Every sentence sings with grace and music. Monarchs of the Northeast Kingdom is a book you don't read so much as savor.
RICHARD KRAWIEC, author of Time Sharing


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