BOOKS BY MARGARET ERHART

 

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 owner...[more]



crossing bully creedAugusta Cotton | 1992

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...[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...[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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“Told by a series of utterly convincing voices…The work of a masterful mosaic artist, cutting and cementing rough shapes into a mesmerizing whole.”

The Village Voice

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“Joined as they are by blood and by trouble, the family in Margaret Erhart’s beautiful and moving novel is also bound by old, hard-won affections which time and difficulty deepen, finally, into the most complicated kind of love. Old Love is about the ways we re-make the families we’re given, how we come to love what—and who—was there all the time. Here is a writer who sees right to the heart of people, and holds them permanently in her—and our—affections.”

Mark Doty, author of Heaven’s Coast

 

Old Love

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, Helen and Brighton, and of Hal Chapin, a gay man who had briefly been Tommie’s lover and who has taken a place at the center of the family constellation. The novel opens in a New Jersey suburb as the turbulent sixties are drawing to a close and finds the Haas children in the throes of adolescence—Brighton, sexually confused and already in analysis; Helen, just coming into womanhood. Hal Chapin, not ready to acknowledge his homosexuality, has entered into an erroneous marriage, and within the Haas household domestic fissures are beginning to widen into deep cracks. A road accident late on the night of Tommie’s fortieth birthday brings on the eruption that will shake the family to its depths, scattering some of them across the country, and setting them all on their separate paths toward a truer understanding of the meaning of family.

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Old Love
Margaret Erhart
Steerforth Press / 1996
ISBN 1-883642-07-8