Longing to Belong by Judi Bergen

Longing to Belong

Judi Bergen

“A must read!” debut novel


Longing to Belong by Judi Bergen is beautifully written in a style reminiscent of Faith Sullivan’s Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse. Turtle Creek, Iowa comes to life through the eyes of Amanda MacGregor, a young woman struggling to fit in with others in town. Her life is haunted by a family tragedy and secrets held by her father’s maiden sister who runs their household. Bergen’s characters drive the story within the milieu of small town life. A must read!  Sue Grove, English & French emeritus faculty, Riverland Community College in Austin, Minnesota.
Longing to Belong, Judi Bergen’s debut novel, is an authentic, compelling story that draws the reader into the hidden layers of a family’s tragedy shrouded in secrecy.  Recommended read for those who want to know the characters inner lives and how they affect the trajectory of their actions. —Kathleen Vellenga, author of Strangers in Our Midst and In the Midst of Bounty.

Amazon Reviews—

From Mary Ragland: Author Judi Bergen beautifully tells this story. It’s a book you can’t put down. I hope there is another one on the horizon!


Sixty-one

Larry Johnson

$17.95 – Buy a print copy online

Drafted during the Vietnam era, Larry Johnson filed for conscientious objector status and served as an Army medic in Germany, carrying no weapons. The life-long peace activist from Golden Valley, Minnesota, answered JFK’s call in 1961 and hiked 50 miles. At age 61, he hiked 61 miles down Highway 61 with his grandson Tyler. Just a few weeks ago, to commemorate his 70th birthday, Larry completed a 70 mile hike.

Amazon Reviews—

Andy of Minnesota writes: Integrity, Compassion and Modesty. Well-written remarkable stories of some key events in the life of a man of great integrity, compassion and modesty. In these indecorous times it is encouraging to read the tales of someone who has dealt with life’s challenges in such a principled way. A must read for those now coming of age.

Green Blade 2016 Edition

The annual literary magazine of the Rural America Writers Center, Plainview, Minnesota, published through a special partnership with Shipwreckt Books.

 

Green Blade 2016 Contributors:
Peter Allen
Jill Krase
Justin Watkins
Jennifer Jesseph
Tom Driscoll
CJ Jacobson
Nancy Hengeveld
Steven Vogel
Craig Falkum
Elliott Foster
Carolyn Bizien
Susan McMillan
Nicole Borg
Nicholas Ozment
Marcia Savela
Kit Rohrbach
Kim Zabel
Dan Butterfass
Scott Lowery
Tim J Brennan
Betty Benner
Larry Gavin
Ken McCullough
Elizabeth Oness
Cecilia Dingledy
Melissa McNallan
Emilio DeGrazia
Donna Halvorson
Benj Mahle
Peg Bauernfeind
Gloria Smit