Slant of Light

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19th Century

Steve Wiegenstein

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As the Civil War approaches, a charming, idealistic social reformer and his resilient and practical wife lead a group of utopian colonists into the Missouri Ozarks to create the perfect society, only to find that the fracturing of America -- and their own personal failings -- will make that quest challenging.


Drama, Historical Fiction, War, Romance, Political,

Short Summary

Visionary social reformer James Turner leads a group of followers to a remote valley in the Missouri Ozarks to establish an ideal community. The colonists experience resistance from suspicious neighbors and internal strife. Turner's new bride, Charlotte, emerges as a force for harmony.


Missouri Ozarks, Kansas, Illinois, Massachusetts

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message, Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Charlotte Turner

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Gracious, Underdog, Blunt, Complex, Skillful, Outspoken, Perseverance, Educated, Empathetic, Engaging, Faithful, Honorable, Leader, Aspiring, Decisive, Flexible, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: James Turner

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Heartthrob, Romantic, Funny, Confident, Engaging, Masculine, Aspiring, Leader, Power-hungry, Adventurous, Complex, Decisive, Narcissistic, Seductive, Visionary, Charming

Additional Character Details

Name: Adam Cabot

Age: 27

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring, Educated, Masculine, Naive, Modest, Complex, Engaging, Gracious, Honorable, Heartthrob, Patriotic, Romantic, Clumsy, Empathetic, Heroic, Selfless, Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Sam Hildebrand

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Badass, Criminal, Decisive, Leader, Lone Wolf, Masculine, Outspoken, Unapologetic, Aggressive, Confident, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Skillful, Strong Moral Code

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Blank Slate Press

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available



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