Violet Season


Product Details

Simon & Schuster
Publish Date
5.51 X 8.39 X 0.76 inches | 0.53 pounds

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About the Author

Kathy Leonard Czepiel's short fiction has been published in numerous journals, including Indiana Review, CALYX, Confrontation, and The Pinch. She is the recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and teaches writing at Quinnipiac University. A native of New York State's mid-Hudson Valley, she now lives in Connecticut with her husband and two children.


"A Violet Season by Kathy Leonard Czepiel is a moving and detailed look at the hopes and hardships women faced at the turn of the last century. Czepiel centers her fascinating story on the world of mass-market violet growers in the Hudson River Valley. Her narrative is hopeful, painful and empowering. Rich in historical detail, A Violet Season paints a delicate portrait of the ways women could support and sustain each other and their painful struggle for autonomy at a time when they had few explicit rights."--Taylor Polites "author of The Rebel Wife "
"A Violet Season is the rare moment we hold history in our hands. A hundred years ago we loved and feared and we worked and tired as fiercely as we do today. A Violet Season is fully imagined and a beautifully written book, the transport complete and unforgettable. It's a wonderful and well-earned debut for a brand new writer and I so look forward to her next book."--Robert Olmstead "author of Far Bright Star "
"In this stunning debut, Kathy Leonard Czepiel illuminates the sometimes heartbreaking choices women can face as they struggle to preserve their families, their marriages, their very sense of self. A Violet Season combines searing realism with propulsive suspense to create a story that kept me up half the night."--Lauren Belfer "bestselling author of City of Light and A Fierce Radiance "
"The best historical fiction doesn't bring the past to the reader but carries the reader into the past, to see it, touch it, smell it, live it. In A Violet Season Kathy Leonard Czepiel transplants her readers among the blooms at a turn-of-the-century violet farm in New York State, a captivatingly unique time and place, and teaches them how hardy a plant--and a woman--can be. Smell the violets with Joe Jacobs, and with Joe you will 'hardly imagine anything wrong with the world.' See Ida Fletcher's pain--'a great room with a cold floor and a light so bright it hurt to look, ' and you won't be able to leave Ida's side, through mistakes and accomplishments large and small. As a writer I say, 'kudos.' As a reader I say, 'more!'"--Sally Gunning "author of The Rebellion of Jane Clarke "
"A mother and daughter discover empathy, courage and autonomy in this powerful first novel . . . rich with historical detail and strongly defined characters . . . a finely tuned study in human endurance. An excellent debut."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"An intriguing portrait . . . accomplished."--Publishers Weekly
"Fiercely compelling . . . well played and suspenseful."--Historical Novels Review