Bancroft Press Releases The Understory to Bookstores Nationwide

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Accomplished indie publisher Bancroft Press announces the June 1, 2012 release of The Understory, the second novel from Elizabeth Leiknes. Nevada resident Leiknes is the author of The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns, a critical favorite and literary blog hit in 2009.

Elizabeth Leiknes is the author of The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns, a critical and literary blog hit in 2009.

The Understory by Elizabeth Leiknes launches June 1 from Bancroft Press.

Most of us deep down want to do the right thing. Mostly, in this novel, I want people to know that grief doesn't have to consume us forever.

“There once was a woman named Story Easton who couldn’t decide if she should kill herself or eat a double cheeseburger.”

So begins The Understory, the second novel from critically acclaimed author Elizabeth Leiknes and the latest release from Baltimore, MD-based 20-year veteran indie publisher Bancroft Press. The Understory, set in Phoenix, AZ, will be available nationwide on June 1, 2012.

The Understory tells the story of Story Easton, an admitted failure who finds herself compelled to help a nine-year-old boy named Cooper achieve the dream that seemed to have died with his father—visiting the Amazon rainforest.

“I think it’s a dark fairytale, not a book for kids,” says Leiknes. “It’s about how all of our stories are interconnected.”

Leiknes, an English teacher at Carson Valley Middle School in Gardnerville, NV, first rose to prominence with her 2009 debut novel, The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns, also published by Bancroft. That novel, a work of supernatural chick lit about a woman who works for the devil, earned major praise from authors, reviewers, and readers.

Jane Green, the international bestselling author of Straight Talking and To Have and to Hold, became a fast fan. “I am delighted that Bancroft Press decided to take a chance on Ms. Leiknes,” said Green at the time. “She deserves it. The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns is a quick and easy read, and one I enthusiastically recommend.”

Lucy Burns also earned praise from Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and literary blogs across the internet.

“The Sinful Life of Lucy Burns was a great novel,” says Harrison Demchick, Leiknes’s editor at Bancroft Press. “But The Understory is absolutely brilliant. It’s hilarious, it’s poignant, and it’s magical in a way so few authors can accomplish. Elizabeth has done a remarkable job.”

Pre-release, The Understory has earned praise from a wide variety of readers. A young reader in New Zealand has called it one of the “top ten books ever written.” A Booklist review is forthcoming.

“Most people are not exactly what they seem,” says Leiknes of her new novel. “Most of us deep down want to do the right thing. Mostly, in this novel, I want people to know that grief doesn’t have to consume us forever.”

“There are a million new books a year,” says Demchick. “It’s not easy for a gifted author and her beautiful novel to find their readers. But if any novel deserves that kind of magic, it’s The Understory—because The Understory is magic.”

In bound and e-book form, The Understory is available now at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold. An audiobook version is planned for the near future.

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