New to Liberty
DeMisty D. Bellinger
New to Liberty introduces readers to a rural community marked by poverty and isolation, as seen through the eyes of two outsiders and one of their own.
Praise for New to Liberty
"DeMisty D. Bellinger writes authentic, compelling voices from rural America. In 'New to Liberty', Bellinger reframes the familiar ‘can you go home again?’ question with the urgency of how the journey recalibrates personal and family histories. In this debut, Bellinger joins the ranks of epic, intimate family stories like John Steinbeck’s 'East of Eden' for its tale of truth and justice and Jane Smiley’s 'A Thousand Acres' for humanity’s capacity for good and evil; 'New to Liberty' is a contemporary voice for our historical heartland."
—Melissa Scholes Young, author of 'The Hive' and 'Flood'
"Moving back through the summers of 1966, 1947, and 1933, DeMisty
Bellinger’s 'New To Liberty' gorgeously traces the long shadow of trauma
lingering over the American Midwest from the scourge of the Dust Bowl to
racism and violence toward women to the fleeting beauty of forbidden love.
With vibrant and restrained prose, Bellinger has achieved the seemingly impossible: written an American epic in under two hundred
—John Copenhaver, award-winning author of 'The Savage Kind'
"The narrative voices in 'New to Liberty' bridge eras and personal isolation, resonating like intimate friends you've somehow always known. The novel's imagery, whether steeped in beauty, horror, love, or terror, stitches itself into your own fabric, becoming a part of you long after you've turned the last page."
—Chris Harding Thornton, author of 'Pickard County Atlas'
"With deft, insightful prose and great compassion, DeMisty D. Bellinger beautifully captures the private longings, struggles, and complex moments of bliss of three women in rural Kansas. The characters in 'New to Liberty' are so richly drawn, their voices and inner lives so intimate and real, I felt like these women were sharing their secrets just with me, and I wanted to hear the stories of all the women who ever passed through Liberty, Kansas. I loved this book."
—Elizabeth Crane, author of 'The History of Great Things'