After the Storm

A novel by Cary Flanagan

I have been working with Cary who is in New Hampshire, on her new book

I have designed the front and back covers as well as working on an illustration.

Sketch for book cover

Sketch for book cover

cover sketch

A young contemporary quilt artist receives an extraordinary and unexpected gift which has been passed down to her through five generations. A letter written by her grandmother explains:

“Dearest Becca,” the letter began. “I am very excited to be able to pass on to you this family heirloom. This was your Great Great Grandma Hannah’s sewing machine, given to her by her first husband, Aaron Benson, early in their marriage, most likely about 1879. She treasured this machine above all of her personal possessions.

     “Your gr. gr. grandmother was a fine seamstress, quiltmaker and quilt designer. She had a very inquisitive and creative mind and was very much ahead of her time in establishing a successful quilt pattern business as well as being a loving wife, mother and grandmother. I have included several of her patterns and one of her most treasured quilts in this package. This is your legacy, Becca…..Take good care of them! …. Perhaps you can find a way to turn these treasures into a book so you can share Granny Hannah’s remarkable memoir with a wider audience.”

This is the story of Hannah Applegate Benson Stone.  Born in 1858, she was orphaned during the tumultuous years of the Civil War. Hannah was raised by a gifted and caring aunt in a small New Hampshire farming community. After the first trains came in the early 1870’s, everything changed.

After the Storm is a story of life’s struggles and triumphs, of loss, courage and resilience, and, above all, love.

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