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Perpetua's Kin
Perpetua's Kin

Perpetua's Kin



320 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $18.00 (US $18.00) (CA $24.00)

Publication Date: September 2018

ISBN 9780997652376

Rights: US & CA

Atelier26 Books (Sep 2018)

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: September 2018


The author of the much acclaimed #1 Indie Next Pick The Green Age of Asher Witherow returns with an enthralling historical mystery about a family shaped as much by tumultuous world events as by each of its members' unspoken decisions. Epic in scope and yet intimate in its emotional power, Perpetua's Kin moves across several generations and much of North America, from Pennsylvania and Iowa in the 1820s, through an American south embroiled in Civil War, and finally to World War II San Francisco. What emerges is a profoundly contemporary exploration of the American experience as one family embodies it: our heritage of violence, our chronic restlessness and desire for regeneration through technology, and the impossibility of escaping the history that forms us and, always, demands a reckoning.


"With Perpetua's Kin, M. Allen Cunningham once again demonstrates he is one of the bravest and most talented novelists writing today. His prose sings with a rare kind of poetry, even as the story sweeps you along with its dark mystery and heartbreaking tension. With each page we gain the greatest gift of fiction: an insight into our own trembling humanity."  —Eowyn Ivey, author, The Snow Child

"A novel in conversation with Faulkner and Melville and possibly even Robert Louis Stevenson . . . A writer both original and well aware of the writers who have come before him. Cunningham's writing, like the scope of his novel, is bold and ambitious."  —Peter Turchi, author, Maps of the Imagination

"Perpetua's Kin is beautiful, reminiscent of The Green Age of Asher Witherow in that it has the cadence I remember that takes the reader right in . . . M. Allen Cunningham gives us a book to savor—a fulfilling, substantial book, and a joy to read."  —Janet Boreta, founder, Orinda Books, California

"With a vast scope and penetrating psychological depth, Perpetua's Kin achieves what I want most from historical fiction, making the past not only vividly real but essential to our understanding of the complicated present." —Scott Nadelson, author of The Fourth Corner of the World

"From the first sentence to the last, the lyric majesty of Cunningham's prose ushers us on a brilliant magic carpet ride steered by a master storyteller." —Gina Ochsner, author of The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight

"Like the invisible electricity of the telegraph, or a retrieved packet of hidden letters, this narrative's power is irresistible." —Peter Rock, author of Spells and My Abandonment

"A tour de force performance... Cunningham transports the reader across the continent, through multiple eras, and into the souls of his characters... An aching meditation on solitude and connection, and the vast American landscape that breeds both." —Justin Hocking, author of The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld

"Perpetua's Kin blew me away with its stark, astonishing music. I've never seen the raw devastations of war brought alive in language so uncannily beautiful, so powerfully strange. This is a flat-out brilliant book." —Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks

Author Biography

M. Allen Cunningham is the co-founder of the cultural commentary blog His stories have appeared in many literary magazines including Glimmer Train and The Kenyon Review and have twice been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He is the author of Date of Disappearance, The Flickering Page, Funny-Ass Thoreau, The Green Age of Asher Witherow, The Honorable Obscurity Handbook, Lost Son, and Partisans. He lives in Portland, Oregon.