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Daily Staff Report

EDWARDS ” The Bookworm in Edwards presents Karen Fisher, author of “A Sudden Country,” as she visits eat! drink! in Edwards Thursday to talk about her book and writing career.

A vivid and revelatory novel based on actual events of the 1846 Oregon migration, “A Sudden Country” follows two complex and strong characters in a journey of survival and redemption. It’s based on Fisher’s own ancestor Emma Ruth, who crossed the Oregon Trail when she was 11 years old.

In 1846, pioneers traveling west to Oregon passed through strange, barren landscapes and experienced weather inconceivable to those raised in the East. Lucy Mitchell talks her husband, Israel, into hiring a skilled frontiersman to lead them and aid them in the journey. The story of Lucy, wife and mother of five, and James MacLaren, a frontiersman, shows how their furtive relationship rescues James from despair and almost destroys Lucy’s family. The landscape is a character, shaping and scarring migrants who cling to their culture and customs in the wilderness of the antebellum West.



Fisher rode horses before she could walk, and worked as a teenager at horse race tracks and as a trail guide through California’s northern mountains. Since then, she’s worked throughout the Pacific Northwest as a rancher, farmer and carpenter, often living hand-to-mouth on the produce of her own farms. She currently lives in a one-room cabin in Puget Sound with her husband and three kids.

So when Fisher writes about the wild landscapes, poverty, hardships, beauty and joys of the American West, her prose is informed by a life rich with authentic experience and lush detail.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.



For more information on the book’s discussion, call the Bookworm at 926-7323.


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