Clear Title

Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0976968460 ISBN-13: 978-0-9769684-6-7
Author: Grace Stone Coates
Pages: 256



$16.95



Clear Title

by Grace Stone Coates
Published by Drumlummon Institute (Helena, Montana)
Distributed by Riverbend Publishing

In 1931, Alfred A. Knopf published Grace Stone Coates’ first novel, Black Cherries, made up of a series of linked stories. In her introduction to the 2003 reprint of Black Cherries, Mary Clearman Blew wrote that Coates wasn’t entirely satisfied with the novel, noting that perhaps “a more coherent book would have been a more revealing book.” Clear Title, written soon after the publication of Black Cherries, may be that more coherent book—it certainly tells a more revealing story. When Coates submitted this second novel to Knopf, in the midst of the Great Depression, the publisher rejected it, though he praised its "beautiful writing."

Just as Black Cherries reveals, in Blew’s words, a "family caught in a web of tension so acute that it binds them inexorably even as it separates them," Clear Title tells the story of the same family, but more directly, revealing the secrets, lies, and betrayals that created that painful web.

In her introduction to Clear Title, Caroline Patterson—editor of the award-winning anthology, Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart—writes, "Clear Title is a frank exploration of power in marriage: the moral, sexual, intellectual, and legal power between a husband and a wife. . . . By the end of the book, the power in the family has shifted. . . . Instead of a father ruling the roost, we see three sisters, traveling as equals, released . . . from the rigidity and anger of the past."

Drumlummon Institute now makes this powerful, heartbreaking novel available to readers already passionate about Coates’ writing and life. Clear Title is Grace Stone Coates’ last remaining major work to make its way into print.

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Announcing

Clear Title: A Novel
by Grace Stone Coates

With an introduction by Caroline Patterson; edited by Shana Harrington

Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0976968460 ISBN-13: 978-0-9769684-6-7
Author: Grace Stone Coates
Pages: 256
Price: $16.95

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Helena, Montana, September 5, 2014

With the publication of Clear Title: A Novel, Drumlummon Institute of Helena, Montana, releases the last remaining unpublished work by renowned Montana novelist, poet, and editor Grace Stone Coates.

In 1931, Alfred A. Knopf published Grace Stone Coates’ first novel, Black Cherries, made up of a series of linked stories. In her introduction to the 2003 reprint of Black Cherries, Mary Clearman Blew wrote that Coates wasn’t entirely satisfied with the novel, noting that perhaps “a more coherent book would have been a more revealing book.” Clear Title, written soon after the publication of Black Cherries, may be that more coherent book—it certainly tells a more revealing story. When Coates submitted this second novel to Knopf, in the midst of the Great Depression, the publisher rejected it, though he praised its “beautiful writing.”

Just as Black Cherries reveals, in Blew’s words, a “family caught in a web of tension so acute that it binds them inexorably even as it separates them,” Clear Title tells the story of the same family, but more directly, revealing the secrets, lies, and betrayals that created that painful web.

In her introduction to Clear Title, Caroline Patterson—editor of the award-winning anthology, Montana Women Writers: A Geography of the Heart—writes, “Clear Title is a frank exploration of power in marriage: the moral, sexual, intellectual, and legal power between a husband and a wife. . . . By the end of the book, the power in the family has shifted. . . . Instead of a father ruling the roost, we see three sisters, traveling as equals, released . . . from the rigidity and anger of the past.”

Drumlummon Institute now makes this powerful, heartbreaking novel available to readers already passionate about Coates’ writing and life. Clear Title is Grace Stone Coates’ last remaining major work to make its way into print.

Also available from our distributor, Riverbend Publishing:

Food of Gods and Starvelings: The Selected Poems of Grace Stone Coates, edited by Lee Rostad and Rick Newby

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Grace Stone Coates: Her Life in Letters, by Lee Rostad

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