Daniel Hecht's story made me fall in love -- with a hard land and a harder way of life, with tough women and noble men, and the complex ecosystem that is the human family. In his hands, love is gritty and exhausting and the only thing powerful enough to keep us standing on our feet. In a time of darkness, a story like this gives us light, and strength, and hope.
-- Laurie R. King,New York Times bestselling author of
The Beekeeper's Apprentice and twenty-five other novels
On Brassard's Farm is a deeply personal prose elegy on how working one's land and tending one's animals can transform the spirit. . . Hecht's terrific capacity for natural description and personal epiphany bring this book and its characters vividly to life, and I cannot recommend it enough.
-- Bill Schubart, author of The Lamoille Stories and Lila and
On Brassard's Farm is at once a captivating love story and a profound portrait of existential despair and personal rebirth. . . Not only are miracles possible on Brassard's farm, but Vermont's hardscrabble landscape comes to seem uniquely designed to deliver them. Truly an eye-opening tale.
-- Philip Baruth, author of Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes and other
Writers' praise for On Brassard's Farm
On Brassard's Farm is as deeply engaging a novel as I have ever read. The prose is rich, musical, and smart. Hecht's portrait of the farm, the landscape, and the land itself is so completely alive, that it will break your heart at the same time it fills you with wonder and appreciation. . . . This is a book that is profoundly real and magical.
-- David Huddle, author of Only the Little Bone, The Story of a Million
Years, and The Faulkes Chronicle
On Brassard's Farm kept me reading late into the night, for the pleasure of seeing the world through Ann Turner's fine-grained consciousness. . . . The grit and grace of daily life is on every page here, and watching Turner grow from someone who hopes to learn 'a few self-sufficiency skills' to a full-fledged farmer is the kind of experience all readers search for and rarely find.
-- Heidi Jon Schmidt, author ofThe House on Oyster Creek and
The Harbormaster's Daughter
Now Available in Hardcover, Audiobook, and E-book!
Blackstone Publishing released Hecht's seventh novel, On Brassard's Farm in 2018. It is a love story -- "But," as its main character says, "it’s not the kind of story we usually think of when hearing those words. The difference is not only what’s meant by 'love,' but who or what is loved, and how one goes about it."
In a radical departure from the path that seemed destined for her, Ann Turner buys a piece of remote Vermont forest land. She hopes she can escape an unending string of personal disasters in Boston, but also believes, as she writes in her journal, "There's got to be a more honest, less divided way to live."
Her effort to live in the forest and master her job as a farm hand prove more difficult than she had ever imagined. Ann must prove herself as tough and resilient as the farm community she lives in, and she must meet the challenges of living in a tent in a wild hilltop forest.
She must also learn to accept love -- even if it arrives in the most unexpected forms.