Heart Spring Mountain


Product Details

Ecco Press
Publish Date
5.3 X 7.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Robin MacArthur lives and works on the farm where she was born in Vermont. She is the author of Half Wild: Stories (winner of the 2017 PEN/New England Award), the editor of Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology, and one-half of the indie-folk duo Red Heart the Ticker.


"A revelation...As rich as the fertile earth and as powerful as a surging storm. Every page is filled with wonder and beauty, compassion and longing. The women MacArthur has brought to life...will haunt and inspire and stick around long after their stories are told."
-- Ivy Pochoda, author of Wonder Valley and Visitation Street

"Traveling back and forth in time, Robin MacArthur renders both the Vermont landscape and Vale's family tree with poetic precision and gutting realism. I fell in love with these women and their mountain." -- Alexis M. Smith, author of Marrow Island

"Soberingly relevant." -- Library Journal

"A fecund and contemplative feminist family saga." -- Kirkus

"Powerful...MacArthur demonstrates a commanding ability to weave meaning from separate narrative threads, exploring how the impact of a person's choices can echo through generations, even as a storm washes the past away." -- Booklist

"Tender....nuanced, poetic, and evocative. MacArthur empathetically depicts each of her characters in their wounded but hopeful glory." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[A] story of hope, the possibility of resurrection by a person, a people, and a planet, and a magnificent, rutting, music-steeped will to survive... MacArthur on the page makes music. She sings in a way that makes the reader's ear dance." -- Brattleboro Reformer

"Lyrical and faintly political (but never pedantic), Heart Spring Mountain is a timely wonder of a debut." -- Shelf Awareness

"Poetic....A love song to the natural world, and a plea for its protection." -- Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A novel of compassion for ourselves and for those who came before us." -- Oprah.com