Slant of Light

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19th Century

Steve Wiegenstein

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As the Civil War approaches, a charming, idealistic social reformer and his resilient and practical wife lead a group of utopian colonists into the Missouri Ozarks to create the perfect society, only to find that the fracturing of America -- and their own personal failings -- will make that quest challenging.


Drama, Historical Fiction, War, Romance, Political,

Short Summary

Visionary social reformer James Turner leads a group of followers to a remote valley in the Missouri Ozarks to establish an ideal community. The colonists experience resistance from suspicious neighbors and internal strife. Turner's new bride, Charlotte, emerges as a force for harmony.

The men of the community go off to war, and Charlotte and the other women must hold the village together in the face of growing chaos. When she discovers the guerrilla leader who had terrorized the community wounded after a skirmish, Charlotte chooses compassion over revenge and treats his wounds.


Missouri Ozarks, Kansas, Illinois, Massachusetts

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Charlotte Turner

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Gracious, Underdog, Blunt, Complex, Skillful, Outspoken, Perseverance, Educated, Empathetic, Engaging, Faithful, Honorable, Leader, Aspiring, Decisive, Flexible, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: James Turner

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Heartthrob, Romantic, Funny, Confident, Engaging, Masculine, Aspiring, Leader, Power-hungry, Adventurous, Complex, Decisive, Narcissistic, Seductive, Visionary, Charming

Additional Character Details

Name: Adam Cabot

Age: 27

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring, Educated, Masculine, Naive, Modest, Complex, Engaging, Gracious, Honorable, Heartthrob, Patriotic, Romantic, Clumsy, Empathetic, Heroic, Selfless, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Sam Hildebrand

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Badass, Criminal, Decisive, Leader, Lone Wolf, Masculine, Outspoken, Unapologetic, Aggressive, Confident, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Skillful, Strong Moral Code

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About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Blank Slate Press

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available



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