New to Liberty


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$26.00  $24.18
Unnamed Press
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5.2 X 8.1 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

DeMisty D. Bellinger has an MFA in creative writing from Southampton College and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska. She teaches creative writing at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. She serves as poetry editor at Porcupine Literary and Malarkey Books. DeMisty's writing has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Rumpus and The Best Small Fictions: 2019. Her chapbook of poems Rubbing Elbows is now available and her full-length poetry collection, Peculiar Heritage, is forthcoming with Mason Jar Press.


"DeMisty D. Bellinger writes authentic, compelling voices from rural America. In New to Liberty, Bellinger reframes the familiar 'can you go home again?' question with the urgency of how the journey recalibrates personal and family histories. In this debut, Bellinger joins the ranks of epic, intimate family stories like John Steinbeck's East of Eden for its tale of truth and justice and Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres for humanity's capacity for good and evil; New to Liberty is a contemporary voice for our historical heartland." --Melissa Scholes Young, author of The Hive
"Moving back through the summers of 1966, 1947, and 1933, DeMisty Bellinger's New To Liberty gorgeously traces the long shadow of trauma lingering over the American Midwest from the scourge of the Dust Bowl to racism and violence toward women to the fleeting beauty of forbidden love. With vibrant and restrained prose, Bellinger has achieved the seemingly impossible: written an American epic in under two hundred pages." --John Copenhaver, award-winning author of The Savage Kind
"The narrative voices in New to Liberty bridge eras and personal isolation, resonating like intimate friends you've somehow always known. The novel's imagery, whether steeped in beauty, horror, love, or terror, stitches itself into your own fabric, becoming a part of you long after you've turned the last page." --Chris Harding Thornton, author of Pickard County Atlas
"New to Liberty is a moving, heartbreaking, and uplifting novel of racial injustice, innocence lost, and the safety of women in one another's company, as well as a dissection of the stubborn Midwest and all the discrimination and prejudice that roils through that hard land like a dust storm." --Leah Angstman, author of Out Front the Following Sea

"With deft, insightful prose and great compassion, DeMisty D. Bellinger beautifully captures the private longings, struggles, and complex moments of bliss of three women in rural Kansas. The characters in New to Liberty are so richly drawn, their voices and inner lives so intimate and real, I felt like these women were sharing their secrets just with me, and I wanted to hear the stories of all the women who ever passed through Liberty, Kansas. I loved this book." --Elizabeth Crane, author of The History of Great Things