The 53rd Parallel by Carl Nordgren

Durham, NC––Light Messages Publishing is proud to announce the release of The 53rd Parallel (River of Lakes, Book One) by Carl Nordgren. In this evocative debut novel spanning mid-century Ireland and Canada, Nordgren weaves an ambitious tale about the power of dreams, the hope of new beginnings, and the dangers of ghosts who haunt our past.

In The 53rd Parallel, Brian Burke emigrates from 1950s West Ireland to the wilderness of Northwest Ontario with his partner Maureen O'Toole. He's been exiled from his village, and she is running from her IRA past. The dreams of an Ojibway clan elder bring the Irish to the sacred place on the River, where they build The Great Lodge of Innish Cove. The dreams tell of a white man who will destroy the River and another who will protect it. While the Ojibway believe Brian and Maureen are the River's guardians, Maureen's IRA connections and the construction of a pulp mill upstream threaten to destroy the newly created Eden before it even begins.

Under the watchful eye of a warrior spirit, the clan and their Irish companions risk all they love to protect the River and the promises it holds for their future. The fates of the two groups will intertwine as both seek to ward off the encroachment of the modern world.

Nordgren was born in Greenville, Mississippi where his great grandmother's house was across the street from the boyhood home of author Walker Percy. Nordgren has worked as a fishing guide on the English River in Northwestern Ontario and on the White River in the Arkansas Ozarks, as a bartender, a foundry man, and an entrepreneur. He lived with his family in Ireland for a year where he researched the IRA, and he currently teaches courses in Creativity to undergraduate students at Duke University. His first book, Welcome to the Creative Populist Revolution, was written to help us all grow our creative capacity and develop our entrepreneurial instincts. He graduated from Knox College and lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife Marie where they have raised three daughters.

Learn more about Nordgren and The 53rd Parallel and watch the book trailer on the author's page at cnordgren.lightmessages.com. Nordgren and Light Messages Publishing will be celebrating the release of The 53rd Parallel at a launch party scheduled for the first weekend of June at The Makery in Downtown Durham (details to follow). To request a review copy or to schedule author interviews, readings, signings, or other author events (virtual or live), please email Elizabeth Turnbull from Light Messages Publishing at elizabeth [at] lightmessages [dot] com. The 53rd Parallel can be purchased online or in-store from all major booksellers.


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