September 5, 2013
Back Home in Landing Run, due this fall, is a story about an outsider’s quest for acceptance in 1910, the year of Halley’s Comet. A small, Catholic community shuns Emmalene Hershall, a beautiful, Protestant stranger who has married an elderly moonshiner from the area. For over one hundred years the Catholics that settled Central Kentucky had felt superior to the Protestants. Two narrators speak in the first-person: Emmalene and the young man of Landing Run, Les Richman, who falls in love with her. The work develops stories that convey the essence of the place itself. Written with respect and affection, Back Home in Landing Run portrays small-town gossip and jealousy, while depicting the contradictions of work and religion versus adultery, drinking and prejudice.