Life in Continuous Present

Life in Continuous Present

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Have you ever wished you could speak with a character you met in a book? Liz Benton, a widow with two grown daughters, certainly has. But as a writer of historical fiction, she has the ability to make it happen-or at least, she used to. Two years after her husband's death, Liz feels as if her muse has fled, leaving her without a voice. Yet, in spite of her writer's block, Liz has traveled to her late uncle's Iowa farm desperately hoping for the inspiration to begin a new book. While cleaning out the farmhouse attic, Liz stumbles across the diary of a 19th century farmer's wife, and begins to read. Drawn into the woman's life story, Liz haltingly begins to write again, first responding in her journal, then weaving together the threads of story she finds within the diary. Finally, Liz allows her skills as a storyteller free-reign and creates a fanciful present-tense dialogue between the diarist and herself-where each takes a turn telling her story. As a result of this exchange, Liz comes to recognize the root of her writing problem is a fear of moving on-of beginning a new life without her husband. Through a series of events, including a sisters' getaway to Chicago and a neighbor's family wedding, Liz finally recognizes that she cannot wait to 'get over' her fears. She must choose to act in spite of them-a choice that ultimately leads her to write a book inspired by the diary. Liz' story, born out of the author's Master's thesis research with the very real thirty-year diary of 19th century Manchester resident Emily Hawley Gillespie, began in the state archives in Iowa City with Emily's original diary, and traveled to Manchester, Iowa to meet the current owner of Emily's home-a gentleman who bought the house in 1954 from her daughter. It was there in Emily's house the author first saw an old wooden trunk which came to signify a pivotal moment in Liz's search for the diarist and herself.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 13.97mm | 430.91g
  • Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 151416244X
  • 9781514162446

About Margaret Lundberg

"Life in Continuous Present" may be Margaret Lundberg's first novel, but it is not her first book. At the tender age of ten, she wrote a memoir detailing her life thus far-four years of adventure found in the company of her sister and two best friends. Although that first book was obviously never published, Lundberg never gave up on the dream that one day she would become a "real" writer. Fast forward a few decades-following a 20 year career as a decorative artist-Lundberg returned to college in 2009 to finish the degree she left behind in marrying and raising her two sons. Focusing on writing in both her undergraduate and graduate years, she had several non-fiction pieces and research articles published, whetting her appetite for even more types of writing. As the culmination of nearly six years spent earning two degrees, Lundberg penned this novel as the quintessence of her MA thesis research involving 19th century diarists and the creation of identity through language. Finding Emily Gillespie's diary-almost by accident-sent her on a journey through time and across the country, from Washington state to her own mother's birthplace of Iowa, in search of the woman behind Gillespie's words. Lundberg is currently in the early stages of writing her second novel, and admits that although her "Life in Continuous Present" protagonist's life is almost nothing like her own, she does share her fascination with time travel. Lundberg currently works for the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Tacoma. When she isn't writing, she indulges her love for Bollywood movies, and books about...well, pretty much anything. Lundberg lives in University Place, WA with her blue-eyed husband, Ralph, and is proud grandmother to ten exceptional grandchildren.show more

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