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Author Visit at Johnston Public Library

Posted October 09, 2013 in Community Blogs, Johnston

Fields of the FatherlessSometimes the greatest stories of bravery and sacrifice are hidden from the history books. Sometimes these stories must be told.

Award-winning novelist, Elaine Marie Cooper will be coming to the Simpson Barn on Sunday, October 27th at 3:00pm to discuss her latest historical fiction novel Fields of the Fatherless. Cooper currently resides in the Des Moines area, but grew up in Massachusetts, the setting for many of her novels. Cooper, the author of The Road to Deer Run, The Promise of Deer Run and The Legacy of Deer Run, is passionate about are her family, her faith, and the history of the American Revolution, a frequent subject of her historical fiction.

Her latest novel, Fields of the Fatherless, is set in the early months of 1775, when war is brewing in the American colonies. Although frightened, eighteen-year-old Betsy Russell of Menotomy Village, Massachusetts, wants to be prepared in case of attack by the British troops. Tensions are growing in the countryside west of Boston and the outbreak of battle seems almost a certainty. Not even the American militia could have predicted what was about to occur—right on the Russells’ doorstep (based on a true story).

During her visit to Johnston, Cooper will discuss her historical research for this Fields of the Fatherless, her writing process and answer questions from the audience. Copies of Cooper’s latest book will also be available for purchase at this event. To register for this free program, visit or call the library at 515-278-5233.

Elaine Marie Cooper Author Visit
Sunday, October 27th at 3:00pm

Simpson Barn (just west of Johnston Public Library)

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