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Western novel The Piano Player available now
I'm excited to announce that after nine nonfiction books and forty years as a book author, my first novel is available in trade paperback now and in electronic format in late July. The book is being published by the Wild Oak line of Oak Tree Press.
Available paper now and ebook in July
In 1882, Frisco Rosie, the saloon piano player, and Nellie, upstanding boarding house owner, form an improbable bond that takes them from Tombstone’s desert, to imprisonment in a Mexican jail and eventually to Dawson City’s frozen creeks in the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. Challenging society’s norms for proper womanhood, they each pursue their own dreams for success, postponing romance with the men who love them, until for one, it becomes too late.
Advance praise for The Piano Player
In THE PIANO PLAYER, Carolyn Niethammer provides a dramatic portrayal of a strong adventurous woman, Mary Rose Langley. Pitted against the rigid societal standards of her upper class San Francisco upbringing, the loss of that lifestyle and her desires for a life on the stage, Mary Rose heads for Tombstone. As “Frisco Rosie,’ she plays the piano and sings at the celebrated Bird Cage Theatre and meets up with real and imagined characters. Nellie Cashman and “Big Red” Sample make strong appearances as do events like the Bisbee Massacre, the flooding of the mines and the Yukon Gold Rush. Niethammer delves into the motives, mistakes and loves of her main character with unstinting candor and beautiful use of language, especially in her descriptive passages of the settings in Arizona and the Yukon.
Using Rosie’s journal entries to tell her story, the author allows the reader to experience the confusion, determination and conflicts inherent in the character’s choices. From naïve young woman to seasoned trooper, Mary Rose evolves in self-understanding and acceptance. She is a fine addition to the lexicon of fictional Western women.
Arletta Dawdy, author of The Huachuca Woman
Savor the Southwest food blog
Even though my newest book is fiction, I continue my love for southwest edible plants and southwest food. I share a blog with four other Southwestern food enthusiasts. We take turns writing through the month on edible wild plants and herbs, traditional agriculture crops, garden products, bees and chickens, and local spices. If you wish to explore the exciting world of Southwest cuisine, please join us each Friday. I've known most of my blogmates for years, but every week I learn something new from them.
Talks for Your Group
I am available to give talks and demonstrations related to my books.
West of Paradise: Exploring Southeastern Arizona is a great guide for anyone who loves the Southwest or is ready to begin exploring this exciting region. I am available to give a talk and slide show on the wonderful sites in Southeastern Arizona to groups of 50 or more.
The Prickly Pear Cookbook, The New Southwest Cookbook, and Cooking the Wild Southwest all feature delicious recipes from top resort and restaurant chefs for both wild foods and regional domestically grown foods. Great new ideas for the age-old questions of what to have for dinner tonight. Would your group like a cooking class?
I'll Go and Do More: Annie Dodge Wauneka, Navajo Leader and Activist, was a finalist for the Willa Award. Now Keeping the Rope Straight the middle reader's version, is available from Salina Bookshelf. I am available for a talk entitled "American's Native American Women: The Ordinary and The Extraordinary," which includes a discussion of Annie Wauneka's life.