Randolph Reads from “Haven’s Wake” at Porter Square Books

Ladette Porter Square Books

On Thursday, April 11th, Ploughshares Editor-in-Chief Ladette Randolph read from her new novel, Haven’s Wake, at Porter Square Books, in Cambridge, MA.

About the book:

Early July, and the corn in eastern Nebraska stands ten feet tall; after a near-decade of drought, it seems too good to be true, and everyone is watching the sky for trouble. For the Grebels, whose plots of organic crops trace a modest patchwork among the vast fields of soybeans and corn, trouble arrives from a different quarter in the form of Elsa’s voice on her estranged son’s answering machine: “Your father’s dead. You’ll probably want to come home.”

When a tractor accident fells the patriarch of this Mennonite family, the threads holding them together are suddenly drawn taut, singing with the tensions of a lifetime’s worth of love and faith, betrayal and shame. Through the competing voices of those gathered for Haven Grebel’s funeral, acts of loyalty and failures, long-suppressed resentments and a tragic secret are brought to light, expressing a larger, complex truth.

Although our dear editor has now resided in Ploughshares‘ hometown of Boston for almost five years, she is a fifth-generation Nebraskan. That familiarity with place shines in her prose, and during the Q&A session, a former resident of Nebraska praised Randolph for the accuracy of her descriptions.

For more information about Haven’s Wake, please visit the University of Nebraska Press site, or Ladette Randolph’s site.

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About Andrea Martucci

Andrea Martucci was the managing director of Ploughshares Literary Magazine from 2009-2013. She earned both a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing and an MA in Integrated Marketing Communication at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Prior to Ploughshares she founded a lifestyle magazine, worked at a newspaper, and edited a screenplay. Currently she is the VP of Marketing at AdSpace Communications, and can be found on Twitter @AndrejaJean
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One Response to Randolph Reads from “Haven’s Wake” at Porter Square Books

  1. Such a great reading. . . and I loved that the wonderful Porter Square Books employee described her as having previously been an “inquiring” editor instead of an acquiring editor. I thought to myself that’s exactly it–Ladette is an inquiring editor!–and a terrific writer.

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