At the Fall Line: A Novel | signed (gertrude m books)


A Civil War veteran becomes entangled with three women who have suffered a family tragedy.

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In 1869 Virginia, a little girl fatally tumbles into a quarry. Her mother, aunt, and sister turn for comfort to Louis, the quarry foreman and a Union veteran. 

Louis falls in love with the aunt, but she is married, virtuous —  unattainable. Seeking means to wed elsewhere, he brings a law suit against a cousin who ruined his father. The suit stirs up dead causes and deadly chicanery, while his relations with the women grow dangerously intimate. 

Rooted in the beloved homeland whose cause he fought against with all his heart, Louis yearns for a woman who cannot be his and for a life that war and time have forever undone.

Praise for Jean Huets’ The Bones You Have Cast Down

Enchanting and richly historical, dazzling and dark, heart-wrenching and intoxicating. — Stuart R. Kaplan, Pamela Colman Smith

A storytelling treasure. Speculative elements are deftly melded into the mix.… Thought provoking as well as entertaining. — Ron Andre, A Matter of Fancy

About Jean Huets

Jean Huets at Cloisters garden, NYC Jean Huets is co-author, with Stuart R. Kaplan, of The Encyclopedia of Tarot and author of The Cosmic Tarot book, based on the visionary art of Norbert Loesche. Her book With Walt Whitman, Himself was acclaimed as “a book of marvels” by poet Steve Scafidi and “a true Whitmanian feast” by scholar Ed Folsom. Her writing can be found in The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, The Millions, The Rumpus, Ploughshares, Kenyon Review, North American Review, and Civil War Monitor, and she is a member of and volunteer book reviewer for Historical Novel Society. She co-founded Circling Rivers, which publishes literary nonfiction and poetry. Visit

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AT THE FALL LINE: A Novel, by Jean Huets | gertrude m books
ISBN: 978-1-939530-30-1 (trade paper)
US $19.99 | 308 pp

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Publication date: July 2024 | Request review copy

ISBN: 978-1-939530-30-1 | trade paper | 312 pp. | 5.5 x 8.25 | US $19.99

Also available in hardcover ISBN 978-1-939530-31-8 and as ebook

FIC019000 FICTION / Literary
FIC014060 FICTION / Historical / Civil War Era | contact