Maggie Elizabeth Harrington (I Live in Two Worlds) by DJ Swykert
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Book/Scene Location: Central Mine, Michigan, USA 1892
What happens there? Maggie Elizabeth Harrington is an idealistic young woman in an isolated 1890’s northern Michigan copper mining town trying to save a pack of young wolves from a bounty hunter.
My father drowns my kittens. It is like a ritual. Every summer Princess has a litter of kittens; and every summer my father drowns them. It makes me dread the summer, which is sad, because I love the sun. I like to see the flowers reaching up to the sky, as if they were trying to touch the sun. Lazy Susan’s are my favorite, because like them, I am kind of lazy. I am also a dreamer. I have lived in my dream world for as long as I can remember, and I think I will always live there. I like to daydream, because in dreams I can have things the way I want them to be, not the way they are. Not the way my father says they are. Not the way the Reverend White says they are. Not even the way my friend Annie Stetter says they are. They are exactly the way I want them. So I will always live in two worlds, in the real world where I have to be, and in my dream world where I prefer to be.
Maggie Elizabeth Harrington is the story of a young woman in a remote 1890’s northern Michigan mining town trying to save a pack of young wolves from a bounty hunter. A terse historical love story of a young woman’s struggle with environmental and moral issues concerning the slaughter of wolves, and the churches condemnation of her love for a young man, are as real in today’s global world as they were for young Maggie over a century ago.
DJ Swykert is a former 911 operator living and writing in the Cincinnati area. His work has appeared in The Tampa Review, Detroit News, Coe Review, Monarch Review, the Newer York, Lunch Ticket, Gravel, Zodiac Review, Barbaric Yawp and Bull. His books include Children of the Enemy, Maggie Elizabeth Harrington, Alpha Wolves, The Pool Boy’s Beatitude and The Death of Anyone. You can see all of his published novels on his website page: www.magicmasterminds.com/djswykert
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