In All Good Faith

Coming August 10, 2021 from Blackstone Publishing.

Abstract closed black hardcover book on subtle background. Publish and advertisement concept. Mock up, 3D Rendering
Photo from Wikimedia Commons, Washington Police clash with Bonus marchers, 1932.

This novel is what’s called in the publishing industry a “stand-alone sequel,” which means that you could read it without having read my first book and it should make sense. May is a central character once again and some of the characters from ETIQUETTE FOR RUNAWAYS make another appearance. As before, the novel is partially set in Virginia, at my home, Keswick Farm. The plot is a dual narrative, telling parallel stories of questioning faith in times of adversity and two women’s resourcefulness and unlikely success during the Great Depression.

Image below: a Virginia General store, 1938, and Farm auction catalog, and stamp, Library of Congress. Antique candy box, Ebay.

I’ll be writing more about this one in later posts, but the plot centers on events of the summer of 1932. In the spring of that year, a grassroots uprising began in Oregon when eight American veterans of World War I started a cross-country protest march to petition Herbert Hoover to pay their war bonuses early (they were slated to be paid in 1945). By the time the men reached Washington D.C. they had picked up support and 17,000 veterans had assembled from all across the country to join the March, many with families in tow. They camped out along the rivers and around the Capitol, in rough shacks and tents and sometimes in partially demolished office buildings. In a terrific publicity fail for Herbert, the term “Hooverville” was coined for the encampments that populated D.C. and continued to spring up in cities across the country throughout the Depression. After the Bonus Bill was defeated in late July, President Hoover ordered General Douglas MacArthur to lead troops in tear gassing the bonus marchers out of the camps.

Bonus Marchers camping around the Capitol Building, Washington, D.C. 1932.
A veteran’s camp along the Anacostia River, 1932. Wikimedia Commons.

Early notice of IN ALL GOOD FAITH:

In 2017, this manuscript was named a semi-finalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (Novel-in-progress category), was a finalist in the Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards, and it won second place in the Novel Excerpt category of the Seven Hills Literary Contest. An excerpt was published in the Seven Hills Review. In 2019, it was a semi-finalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom Competition in the novel category.

Veterans camped around the Capitol Building, 1932. Wikimedia Commons

Featured image is a “Cinderella” stamp commemorating the March, 1932. Wikimedia Commons, from Library of Congress.