Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Spotlight of The Good Divide by Kali VanBaale

Announcing The Good Divide, a new novel from Kali VanBaale, American Book Award Winning Author

This book sounds VERY good.  I hope you enjoy the spotlight and get to read the book. 


Kali VanBaale’s second novel, The Good Divide, forthcoming from MG Press in June 2016, is the story of Wisconsin farm wife Jean Krenshaw, forced to confront a ten-year- old family secret when her brother-in-law Tommy, who lives next door, marries leery newcomer Liz. 


Advance praise and reviews have already been pouring in: “This is the novel I was waiting to read.”
—Laura Kasischke, The Life Before Her Eyes 

“The Good Divide surprises with the depth of...heartache, the intensity of the torments and jealousies that its characters succumb to, or survive.”
—Caitlin Horrocks, author of This is Not Your City 

“VanBaale serves up romance, deception, and a final, surprising retribution. The backdrop is a Wisconsin dairy farm, but the subject is the wounded recesses of the human heart.”
—Pamela Carter Joern, author of In the Reach and The Floor of the Sky 

“With gentle echoes of Richard Yates and Sherwood Anderson, The Good Divide...conveys the chaos and complications of domesticity—[it] is sure to make your heart simultaneously swell and splinter.”
—Mathieu Cailler, author of Loss Angeles 

“VanBaale masterfully captures that crazy mystical spirit of farm folklore. Dark and delicious reading for those of us who love best the characters who’ve earned their baggage.”
—Jennifer Wilson, author of Running Away to Home


In the lush countryside of Wisconsin, Jean Krenshaw is the ideal 1960’s dairy farm wife. She cooks, sews, raises children, and plans an annual July 4th party for friends and neighbors. But when her brother-in-law Tommy, who lives next door, marries leery newcomer Liz, Jean is forced to confront a ten-year-old family secret involving the unresolved death of a young woman.

With stark and swift prose, The Good Divide explores one woman’s tortured inner world, and the painful choices that have divided her life, both past and present, forever. 


Kali VanBaale’s debut novel, The Space Between earned an American Book Award, the Independent Publisher’s silver medal for general fiction, and the Fred Bonnie Memorial First Novel Award. She is also the recipient of a State of Iowa Arts Council major project artist grant. Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Milo Review, Northwind Literary, The Writer and several anthologies. 

Kali earned an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been an assistant professor and Visiting Writer at Drake University. She lives outside Des Moines with her husband and three children. 


List price: $15 Print / $4.99 eBook Release Date: June, 2014
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  1. This looks pretty interesting -- something I would read on the plane, but I think it's right up my mom's alley. Thanks for sharing!

    1. It does sound good.

      Thanks for stopping, Alyssa.

  2. Sounds like a rather nice 'step back into yesterday' (1960's) tale. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

    1. Oh yes...the 1960's were the best. :)

      Thanks for stopping, Diane.

  3. This sounds like a wonderful debut! Thanks for this spotlight, Elizabeth!