A novel by Gary Lee Entsminger & Susan Elizabeth Elliott
In Ophelia’s Ghost (set in the American Southwest in 1958) Eva, an anthropologist
in her mid-30s, disappears from her campsite in the Canyons of the Ancients . . .
Now, 25 years earlier in Fall of ’33, from the window of a train, 12-year-old Eva
looks back—observing, associating, remembering the fall of 1933, her last twenty
days on her family’s farm nestled in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
With her parents Doc and Leah, Eva rides the train west, to the Century of Progress
World’s Fair in Chicago, across the Plains, and on to their new home in Django, Colorado.
With Billy, she finds her first young love, learns about her family’s ghostly past,
and discovers mysteries about herself. Grandfather Poppy prepares her for life-changing
journeys as he relates the stories of her family’s Indian and mystical ancestry in
Virginia, dating back to Shakespeare’s time and before.
While inventing new games, exploring the woods around their farm, and joining family
and friends in traditional social gatherings in 1933 rural Virginia, Eva’s experiences
unveil secrets of the past, present, and future. The darkness of this period—economic
depression, drought, and burgeoning eugenics—is balanced by the shining potential
of the human imagination.
GARY L. ENTSMINGER—writer, naturalist, computer programmer, and poet—studied English
at Washington and Lee University. He has written two novels, numerous nonfiction
books and scientific articles, and null-model biodiversity software.
SUSAN E. ELLIOTT—writer, ecologist, and artist—studied botany and French at Humboldt
State University and has a Ph.D. in biology from Dartmouth College.
Gary and Susan’s first novel, Ophelia’s Ghost, sets the stage for Fall of ‘33. In
Remembering the Parables, they use prose, poetry, and art to demonstrate the Art
of Memory (a key theme in both novels). Gary grew up in Lexington, Virginia, where
he and Susan continue to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains. They live in the Colorado
ALSO BY GARY L. ENTSMINGER AND SUSAN E. ELLIOTT:
Remembering the Parables(2010): Using the ancient Art of Memory to remember the
parables of Jesus. (7.5"x9.25" paperback, black and white paintings, 160 pages, $18.00).
Ophelia’s Ghost(2008): A novel exploring the Anasazi, Ancient Cultures, the Art
of Memory, Shakespeare, UFOs, and the Moon. (6"x9" paperback, 292 pages, $15.00).
PRAISE FOR FALL OF ’33
April 13, 2013 A Word’s Worth Review: “Past, present, and future are represented in this complex novel filled with descriptions of the South and West and the impressive narrations . . . taking readers on a real life journey through dark times and a mystical journey into the life of the spirit enhanced by "story," the stuff of survival. ” Read the Full Review.