Along the Sylvan Trail
Life doesn’t always follow the beaten path
This sublime work of classic fiction from the gifted Julianne Couch delves deep to show that life is not as clean as we would like it. Set against the backdrop of the Sylvan Trail, we encounter characters as diverse and surprising as the mix of hardwood, softwood, mowed fields, and logging routes.
The book follows Amber, a young scientist who understands how most things work except for her own heart. Her best friend Josie ricochets from visual arts to poetry to inn-keeping. They keep each other emotionally afloat while their lives stumble along in chaos and uncertainty.
“The Sylvan Trail makes for a whirlwind trip you’ll be glad to have been a part of.”
Josie’s partner is referred to as “Jeff Many Secrets,” who adds complications for both women. He makes Amber and Josie’s business venture far more tortuous than it has to be. Will they be able to keep their livelihood alive or will inexperience sink their aspirations?
Go on an emotional journey alongside this clutch of dreamers, bunglers, and downright ill-fated individuals. As they seek out the better future that they’re hoping for, you will see your own life reflected in theirs. Nothing can be taken for granted. Will the citizens of this tiny spot help each other out before they destroy one another?
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Along the Sylvan Trail Book Information
Author: Julianne Couch
ISBN: 978-1-944986-42-1 (hardback), 978-1-944986-22-3 (paperback)
Market price: $25.95 (hardback), $14.95 (paperback)
Page Count: 220
Title code: Book132
Formats: Hardback, paperback, eBook
Available in these countries: United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, United Kingdom
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Along the Sylvan Trail in the Media
Our Town Rocks – Julianne Couch as the keynote speaker
Wyoming State Library book reviews
Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA): “Bellevue author pens novel about following your heart” (download article PDF)
Bellevue Herald-Leader: Along the Sylvan Trail: Transplanted Author Finds Inspiration From the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River (PDF)
About the Author
Julianne Couch was born and raised in Kansas City and studied English and Theatre at Emporia State University. She moved to Laramie in 1992 and began teaching at the University of Wyoming in 1998. In addition to teaching student writers, she freelances for High Country News, Daily Yonder, Sustainable City Network, and other publications. Julianne moved to Bellevue, Iowa in 2011 to make a new home along the western banks of the Mississippi River.
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- Traveling the Power Line: From the Mojave Desert to the Bay of Fundy (University of Nebraska Press)
- The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century (University of Iowa Press)
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