The Newport Public Library will host a program by Ellen Notbohm, author of “The River by Starlight,” on Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 p.m.
In the early 20th Century, Annie Rushton leaves behind an unsettling past to join her brother on his Montana homestead and make a fresh start. She meets and marries Adam Fielding, a visionary businessman-farmer determined to make his own way and answer to no one. Their marriage brims with astounding success, but their dream of having a child eludes them as a mysterious illness of mind and body plagues Annie’s pregnancies. Amidst deepening economic adversity, natural disaster, and the onset of world war, their personal struggles collide with the societal mores of the day. Annie’s shattering periods of black depression and violent outbursts exact a terrible price. The life the Fieldings have forged begins to unravel, and the only path ahead leads to unthinkable loss.
Based on true events, “The River by Starlight” has been recognized with awards for historical, regional, and literary fiction. It’s focus on maternal mental health and gender bias in the early 20th century explores a history rarely addressed in fiction.
Ellen Notbohm’s work has informed and delighted millions in more than twenty languages. In addition to “The River by Starlight,” she has written r award-winning books on autism and articles and columns on such diverse subjects as history, genealogy, baseball, writing and community affairs. Ellen is an avid genealogist, knitter, beachcomber, and thrift store hound who has never knowingly walked by a used bookstore without going in and dropping coin.
This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Newport Public Library at 541-961-2836 or go to www.newportlibrary.org.
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