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“Reliance, Illinois has it all—mystery, politics, war; love, death, and art. In finely wrought sentences, Volmer’s novel follows such a lively cast of characters, first and foremost her marvelous protagonist Madelyn. Every page is a pleasure.”
—Karen Joy Fowler, author of
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
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“[Reliance, Illinois] has smart touches of humor and is well grounded in its place and time. This novel will appeal to readers curious about the lives of women in the post-Civil War Midwest. ”
“Richly rendered characters populate Reliance, Illinois which examines the lives of women in the 1800s. ”
“For historical fiction buffs, Volmer’s second novel paints a compelling portrait of a small Midwestern town and its residents during a period of great change. ”
—Library Journal on Reliance, Illinois
“Volmer’s second novel will appeal to readers for its rich cast of characters and well-evoked setting.”
—Booklist on Reliance, Illinois
“Volmer's unforgettable protagonist lives through social evolution, the fight for women's rights and personal strife, yet she perseveres, and Reliance, Illinois, with its universal themes and evocative period detail, is uplifting.”
“Female protagonists in author Mary Volmer's historical fiction novels are resilient, educated, street smart, intrepid. [Reliance, Illinois] harbors unexpected twists. ”
—San Jose Mercury News
“This Mississippi river town in 1875 is home to murder, misrepresentation and mayhem. Reliance, Illinois is an entertaining historical novel.”