crossing bully creedThe Butterflies of Grand Canyon | 2009

En route from St. Louis to visit her in-laws in Flagstaff, Arizona, young Jane Merkle meets two women botanists on the train. Their paths cross again after Jane, having lost her luggage and traded her fancy dresses for dungarees and a butterfly net, becomes enthralled....[more]

crossing bully creedCrossing Bully Creek | 2005

“On the sickbed there was no difference between man and woman, white and colored, rich and poor,” Rutha Brown observes at the beginning of this richly nuanced novel about the dawning of the Civil Rights Era in the rural South. Henry Detroit, the ownerf...[more]


crossing bully creedOld Love | 1996

Old Love is an honest and daring novel about the American family in our time, about shifting loyalties, about loss and rediscovery, about sexual initiation and the human hunger for intimacy. It is the story of Tommie and Frank Haas and their two precocious children ...[more]


crossing bully creedUnusual Company | 1987

Set on both coasts and in the teeming and luminous neighborhoods of Santa Fe, this is the story of how we love: how we arrive at love, and how we are haunted by our lovers when we leave them. Twenty-two-year-old Franny meets Claire, her first love, her first chosen...[more]


crossing bully creedBest American Spiritual Writing | 2005

The Best American series has been the premier annual s howcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction since 1915. For each volume, the very best pieces are selected by a leading writer in the field, making the Best American series the most respected… [more]


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“A lyrical, closely observed novel about coming of age in a time of grief and loss—which is to say, every time, everywhere. Erhart’s sly humor and absolutely original voice startle, illuminate, and engage every level of the senses and the heart.”

Fenton Johnson, author of Crossing the River

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“…bracingly fresh and haunting…Margaret Erhart has mined the most intimate territory of the heart. A dazzling tapestry of language.”

Diane Salvatore, author of Benediction


Augusta Cotton

Told through the voice of Augusta Cotton as she recollects her childhood, this imaginative novel captures the magical and turbulent times of two eleven-year-old girls searching for meaning in the quiet confusion that surrounds them. It is the end of 1963. Augusta’s new friend, Helen Walsh, has mysterious and prolonged absences from school, and soon she is diagnosed with lupus. Augusta’s father, the respected town doctor, has many answers, but he cannot make Helen well. Helen’s mother, Jordan, is still shocked by the circumstances surrounding her husband’s untimely death, circumstances in which Helen is somehow involved. With intelligence and sensitivity, Erhart introduces us to resilient characters in a story that is full of the perplexities, mysteries, and visions of childhood. She brings us a story of the living and the dead, of wellness and illness, and of a world haunted by memory.

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Augusta Cotton

Margaret Erhart
Zoland Books / 1992
ISBN 0-944072-21-6