Rights offering detail :
Unsettled
Jan. 20, 2023
Author:
Patricia Reis
Category:
Fiction: General/Other
Description:
Historical Fiction. As Van Reinhardt clears out her dead father’s belongings, she comes across hints of an intriguing family history, along with a request penned by her father
prior to his death that sends her on a genealogical quest. Armed with a 1900 family portrait of her German immigrant ancestors who pioneered a farm in southwestern Iowa in 1870, Van arrives in her family’s hometown braced for a slog and struggle, and is greeted by unexpected warmth. Aided by a small town sisterhood of town clerks, record keepers, librarians, and a diner owner who offer interest and support, Van discovers calamitous events in probate
records, farm auction lists, asylum records and lurid obituaries, hinting at a history far more complex and tumultuous than she had expected.

All the while Van, haunted by her own troubled past, searches to find herself in their
narrative. The chance discovery of a small book, sized for a pocket—a secret diary—provides the missing piece, a lost female lineage that sheds light upon a longstanding mystery.
Unsettled delivers what DNA analysis and Ancestry.com cannot. Using memory, imagination and heart, Van constructs her family’s ancestral narrative, mends the tears in history and begins to heal her own wounds in the process.
Rights available:
Translation, Audio, Film/TV.
Other Information:
Release Date October 2023. Manuscript Available.

Patricia Reis has deep roots in the Midwest. In the mid-1800s her German immigrant ancestors
pioneered a farm in southwestern Iowa and their portrait gave her this story. A writer, Patricia Reis holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin, an MFA from UCLA and a degree in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. She also maintains a private practice of psychotherapy for women. Reis’s memoir, Motherlines: Love, Longing, and Liberation (October, 2016) won a gold medal for memoir from Independent Press Publishers. Along with numerous essays and reviews, she has published other books of non-fiction. Women’s Voices, includes her in-depth interview with naturalist and writer, Terry Tempest Williams; The Dreaming Way: Dreamwork and Art for Remembering and Recovery (recently translated into Korean, 2019); Daughters of Saturn: From Father’s Daughter to
Creative Woman (1995, 2005) with a forthcoming Russian translation.
Contact:
Anna Termine
Sibylline Press
anna@sibyllinepress.com
phone: 8602279777
www.sibyllinepress.com
Offering #:
20371
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