Author Mary Margaret Jensen Pens Debut Fiction, ‘Against the Grain’

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New novel explores doomed love affair, themes of fate.

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Author Mary Margaret Jensen hearkens readers to remember small-town life in the Southwest before technology changed history forever in her engaging new novel, “Against the Grain” (published by Trafford Publishing).

Set in mid-20th-century New Mexico, “Against the Grain” is narrated by Sandy, a middle-aged woman reminiscing on the events of her childhood. When she was 10-years-old, she witnessed the blooming romance between two locals who were largely looked upon as outcasts.

Neither Tobus nor Ruby were fully accepted by the locals; Tobus had a speech impediment and Ruby was noticeably obese. But to each other, they were a perfect match. The couple began a torrid love affair and before long decided to elope.

When Charley, Ruby's father and the local storekeeper, learned of the secret marriage, he went into a tirade. In fear Charley was to drive them apart, Ruby pled with Tobus that they leave the country. Believing she had Tobus persuaded that they go, she set the night of the community Halloween party for them to leave, but Tobus never came.

Readers are drawn into a world of mystery, intrigue and family secrets filled with complex characters coping with situations that are common to the human condition. Jensen has crafted a fast-paced, heartfelt novel that will resonate with a broad audience.

About the Author
Mary Margaret Jensen has been writing short stories since she was a child. Now a widow, she resides in New Mexico and has one son and two daughters. This is her first published book.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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