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category: Fiction
published: Aug 2019
publisher: Promontory Press

Tinsmith 1865

by Sara Dahmen

tagged: historical, westerns

When her tinsmith father and brothers head West, Polish immigrant Marie Kotlarczyk has no choice but to go along. Family, after all, is family. The Dakota Territories are anything but welcoming to the Kotlarczyks, and as the months trip by, Marie must pick up the hammers she's secretly desired but also feared. When she faces the skeptical people of Flats Town, the demands of the local Army commander, and her public failures, her inner voice grows destructively, forcing Marie to decide exactly who she is and what it means to be a woman smith.

About the Author

Sara Dahmen

As one of (if not the only) female coppersmith in America, Sara Dahmen creates vintage and modern cookware in tin, copper, and iron. When not writing or sewing authentic clothing for 1830's fur trade reenactments, she can be found managing her household (not very well), hosting themed dinner parties, reading the Economist and reference books, brainstorming with her husband, John, or playing with her three young children in her Port Washington, Wisconsin.
Editorial Review

"This engrossing novel gives us a glimpse into two subjects rarely found together: the settling of the Dakotas by first generation Americans, and the tinsmith trade on the frontier, before boundaries closed in. A trip back to a wilder but also more innocent time. It is reminiscent of Ingmar Bergman's epic 1971 and 1972 films: 'The Emigrants' and 'The New Land.'" - Margaret George, New York Times bestselling author of The Memoirs of Cleopatra, Mary Called Magdalene, Helen of Troy, and Elizabeth I."Sara Dahmen has a sharp eye for the perils and joys of frontier life, and a passion for tinsmithing that feels totally authentic. Add to that the slow burn of a romantic plot with a heroine determined to choose her own future in a man's world and you have the recipe for a fine night by a winter's fire." - C.C. Humphreys, internationally recognized playwright, actor, and novelist of the Jack Absolute series.

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