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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Marsena Konkle  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Albuquerque, NM,

-- Marsena Konkle on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Marsena's novel is set in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

For many years, Marsena worked in the textbook publishing industry and although she is grateful for the experience and still enjoys editing on a case-by-case basis, she is glad to not be numbered among the many writers who get stuck on that side of publishing.

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Titles At Your Library

A Dark Oval Stone: Novel
ISBN: 1557254273

Paraclete Press. 2006

Haunted by the death of her two brothers, and living under the shadow of her pious mother, Miriam Kovatch is thirtysomething, pregnant, and suddenly widowed. Her search for hope and purpose---from this startling new voice in literary fiction---is unforgettable. When her husband suddenly dies, Miriam Kovatch finds herself thrust into a journey of self-discovery, at odds with friends and family. Her search for meaning will take her to the brink of despair. With her temperamental cat and only a few belongings, Miriam finds refuge in a motel under the watchful eye of a caring stranger, who gives her hope, purpose, and a mysterious dark oval stone. In this poignant debut novel full of unforgetttable characters, Miriam begins the painful process of embracing a much fuller life, sustained by unexpected friendship and surprising grace.

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