Traveling from present-day Chicago to the Bicentennial summer of 1976 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and New Orleans, and then to Minnesota in the late 1950s, Clare, Loving: A Novel in Three Novellas is the story of Clare McHenry, whose mirroring estrangements from her mother and daughter are shaped by the puzzles of religion, men, silence, and the spiraling of time. Given the book's reverse narration, there is a normal accretion of detail and an added unfolding of layers that carry the reader “forward” to the seminal action. As “Sylvie” opens, Clare has just learned that her daughter, faraway in Texas, has given birth to a son. By the close of “The Nuns on the Roof of St. Peter's,” ten-year-old Clare has been distanced from her own mother and introduced to the guilt that roils her later life. In the intervening section, “The Beautiful Ships,” Clare pursues a passionate, secret, and disastrous affair with the unexpected man who becomes Sylvie's father.
Emily Meier's fiction has appeared widely, including in The Second Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories, the North American Review, Prairie Schooner and the Threepenny Review. She has won national fiction contests at the Florida Review and Passages North, been a Loft-McKnight Fiction award winner, and received fellowships from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of Suite Harmonic:A Civil War Novel of Rediscovery; Time Stamp: A Novel; In the Land of the Dinosaur: Ten Stories and a Novella;The Second Magician's Tale; and Watching Oksana and Other Stories.AUTHOR HOME St. Paul, Minnesota