Historian of New York and New Jersey Firth Haring Fabend Publishes Sixth Novel

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Combining her skills in plot construction and suspense with a well-honed insistence on historical veracity, Firth Haring Fabend's latest novel, Land So Fair, is a hair-raising tale of colonial life in a geographical area familiar to many readers, who will quickly recognize it as their fair land, too, and their history.

Land So Fair, Firth Haring Fabend's sixth novel, a family saga, opens in 1737 on a Hudson Valley farm, where the family's land, "sought, bought, cleared, planted, harvested, bequeathed, fought over, challenged, confiscated, and laced with blood and bones," is threatened anew each generation. The family is the author's own family--she is the eleventh generation of it--and the three strong-minded women in this gripping story are her own grandmothers. Constant threats to their land, feared and fearful slave uprisings, and the inevitability of impending Revolution define the characters' daily lives, creating conflicts for them--and an exciting read for the booklover.

Firth Fabend's five previous novels were published between 1968 and 1985. A historian with the rare talent of creating spellbinding fiction while weaving in details of fact, she holds a Ph.D. in American Studies and has published two prize-winning works of history with Rutgers University Press on the Dutch colony of New Netherland. Readers of Land So Fair will not suspect they are being taught history, for Fabend is considered the "premier historian of Dutch American culture," and her writing is highly recommended for its "lucid, engaging style, solid research, and content." Her book A Dutch Family in the Middle Colonies, 1660-1800, was awarded the Hendricks Prize of the New Netherland Project and the New York State Historical Association's Book Award. Zion on the Hudson: Dutch New York and New Jersey in the Age of Revivals received the Author's Award from the New Jersey Academic Alliance. A Fellow of the Holland Society of New York and of the New York Academy of History, she is sought after as a speaker on the history of New Netherland and the persistence of Dutch culture in New York and New Jersey into the nineteenth century. Land So Fair can be ordered through local bookstores and on line.

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