"An inherently riveting read from cover to cover, The Northeast Quarter clearly demonstrates author S. M. Harris as a truly gifted storyteller, and his many layered, deftly crafted novel certain to be a highly popular addition to personal reading lists and community library General Fiction collections."
-Midwest Book Review

About Northeast Quarter

The Northeast Quarter is an epic story of the power of family, the complexity of human greed, and the pursuit of justice during the early 1920's in an America defined by the aftermath of war and the onset of The Great Depression.

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A Shout Out For Gunnar Bjornstrand

Often times when watching the work of a top actor, one gets used to the high standard without focusing on the elements which make each performance great. Such a performer was Swedish actor Gunnar Bjornstrand. He appeared in many Ingmar Bergman films – most of his performances were in films which were released between 50 and 60 years ago. Bjornstrand left us in 1986. Time passes and tastes in film change. One has to look way back. He generally played reserved, sometimes seemingly repressed characters – usually lawyers, doctors or fathers of a household. I admired his work, but did not really appreciate it until recently I happened to see his work in three Bergman films (Smiles Of A Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, and The Magician). If we line these performances up side by side, we have a prosperous lawyer juggling a lost love, a young wife and a

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A Shout Out For Edna Ferber

For many years I had always liked Edna Ferber’s novels: Multi-generational sagas which traced the rags to riches fortunes of a family in such varied locales as Texas or Alaska. When I closed each novel, I always felt satisfied – as if I had finished a whole meal. Great stuff.  Typical Ferber: The narrative would begin with a prospector wandering in the woods who finds a gold nugget. And it would end with the man being elected state senator. When the idea of The Northeast Quarter came to mind, I wanted to write a Ferber-like book. Only set it in Iowa between WW1 and The Great Depression. She was a definite inspiration.

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A Shout Out For Raintree County

A few weeks ago I saw the film version of Raintree County by Ross Lockridge Jr. I had always liked the movie and so I read the novel. What a beautiful piece of work. Wow. Long? Yes. But well worth the journey. Raintree County was one of the influences behind my decision to write The Northeast Quarter. Publishing date is November of this year. Whatever happens after that, it will be well worth the journey.

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