Join author Erin Bartels as she shares how she learned to see through new eyes as she researched and wrote her debut novel, We Hope for Better Things, which Publishers Weekly called “…a deeply moving story of heartbreak, long-held secrets, and the bonds of family.” The short talk will touch on both national and Michigan history, including the Detroit riot of 1967, and be followed by a Q&A session and book signing.
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About the Book
When Detroit Free Press reporter Elizabeth Balsam meets James Rich, his strange request--that she look up a relative she didn't know she had in order to deliver an old camera and a box of photos--seems like it isn't worth her time. But when she loses her job after a botched investigation, she suddenly finds herself with nothing but time.
At her great-aunt's 150-year-old farmhouse north of Detroit, Elizabeth uncovers a series of mysterious items, locked doors, and hidden graves. As she searches for answers to the riddles around her, the remarkable stories of two women who lived in this very house emerge as testaments to love, resilience, and courage in the face of war, racism, and misunderstanding. And as Elizabeth soon discovers, the past is never as past as we might like to think.
Debut novelist Erin Bartels takes readers on an emotional journey through time--from the volatile streets of 1960s Detroit to the Michigan's Underground Railroad during the Civil War--to uncover the past, confront the seeds of hatred, and discover where love goes to hide.
About the Author
Erin Bartels is a professional copywriter and a freelance writer and editor. A member of the Capital City Writers and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, Erin lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her husband, Zachary, and their son, Calvin. Find her on Facebook @ErinBartelsAuthor, on Twitter @ErinLBartels, or on Instagram @erinbartelswrites. Her weekly podcast, Your Face Is Crooked, drops on Monday mornings. We Hope for Better Things is her first novel.