THE EDGE OF NOWHERE
The year is 1992 and Victoria Hastings Harrison Greene—reviled matriarch of a sprawling family—is dying.
After surviving the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, Victoria refuses to leave this earth before revealing the secrets she’s carried for decades.
Once the child of a loving family during peaceful times, a shocking death shattered her life. Victoria came face to face with the harshness of the world. As the warm days of childhood receded to distant memory, Victoria learns to survive.
No matter what it takes.
To keep her family alive in an Oklahoma blighted by dust storms and poverty, Victoria makes choices—harsh ones, desperate ones. Ones that eventually made her into the woman her grandchildren fear and whisper about. Ones that kept them all alive. Hers is a tale of tragedy, love, murder, and above all, the conviction to never stop fighting.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
C.H. Armstrong is an Oklahoma native transplanted in Minnesota for twenty-three years. A 1992 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she holds a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in History. A prolific reader of many genres, Cathie — as she is called by her friends — vividly remembers learning to read and the thrill of “unlocking the code” behind the letters that make up a word.
Her favorite novel is To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Edge of Nowhere includes a character named Atticus as a silent nod of thanks to Harper Lee for inspiring her to be the person she is today. Similarly, In My Shoes (her young adult novel about a homeless teen and her family) pays tribute to Harper Lee and the many life lessons taught through her character, Atticus Finch. The manuscript for In My Shoes is currently on submission through her agent, Tina P. Schwartz of The Purcell Agency.
The Edge of Nowhere is Armstrong’s first published novel and was inspired by her own family’s experiences in rural Oklahoma during the one-two punch that was The Dust Bowl and The Great Depression. While it is overall a work of fiction, many of the main plot points were based upon her grandmother’s struggles as a young widow during the era. Armstrong’s father, represented by the character of Ethan in the novel, is the 8th of 14 children.