Gary Eller’s novel, True North, is available now. Check below for buying options.
is a novel consisting of twenty-two stories inhabited by three families in conflict with both themselves and one another. It is set in the Turtle Mountain region of Northern North Dakota from the 1930s through the 1960s. An ongoing theme involves tension between the many resident Native-Americans and the descendants of white settlers arriving later.
Praise for True North
A thoughtful yet passionate, densely woven tableau of interconnected lives and eras in the tradition of Sherwood Anderson; Gary Eller brings a lifetime’s care and an artist’s eye to his magnum opus—a shivery swirl of adventure provoking double-takes of recognition: They are us. Rich, funny, moving, and wise.
Joan Frank, author of The Outlook for Earthlings
True North will quickly jerk you by the roots from the tranquil prairie grasses into a world of mystery, murder and intrigue. Eller’s depth of detail and description takes you smoothly through the sights, sounds and fragrances of an uncovered world.
Dennis R. Waller, author of Walkin’ Joe and theMidnight Marauders
Sad, mysterious, tender, sometimes hilarious and occasionally savage. But they all have a couple of things in common: real-as-life characters you’ll want to spend time with, and an elegant readability that will make that time go much too fast.
Jim Nichols, author of Blue Summer, winner of the 2021Maine Fiction Award
Like Toni Morrison, Gary Eller knows salvation is always the motive, whether the crime is murder—or love.
Paul M. Hedeen, author of The Butterfly
Engrossing… Through unflinching narration, Eller submerges readers into the bleak, but lushly imagined, inner worlds of the Little Shays, the Breens, the Morinvilles, and the Peaveys, as they grapple with each other for primacy of place and survival.
Debra Marquart, author of The Horizontal World:Growing Up Wild in the Middle of Nowhere
Funny, compelling, and often disturbing, True North introduces us to characters who endure despite poverty and cruel Fate, and we cheer for them because of and despite their desperation. This novel shows us a new angry Eller, and it’s a justified anger in the tradition of Ed Abbey and Kurt Vonnegut.
Hank Nuwer, author of Sons of the Dawn
About Gary Eller
Born and raised in the small town of Rolla, North Dakota, Gary Eller was a late starter to writing as a career. Following college where he studied pharmacy, he lived in several areas before settling in Kodiak, Alaska. He began taking writing seriously upon acceptance to the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he earned a degree as Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing…