Massasauga: A novel about life, liberty, and the pursuit of delusion is the first book to be published under the Soulstice Stories imprint.
Young Jim Garrett doesn’t want to inherit his father’s Iowa newspaper—or the settled-down life that goes with it. He longs to leave home and build his own dream. It’s 1888 and he’s itching for the frontier where, as Jim believes, “a man can be anything.”
When Royal Canby, a British immigrant turned land speculator, seeks settlers for the fledgling town of Massasauga, Kansas, Jim bemoans the fact he has nothing to invest. Canby tells him there’s another way—together they’ll make Massasauga boom, and great things will come. But is Jim prepared for the political corruption, backstabbing, fraud, and violence that poisons progress on the Plains?
Massasauga is a Western for the 21st century. It probes the underbelly of what Thomas Paine called “our power to begin the world over again,” and explores why even a hero’s greatest enemy is sometimes himself. (310 pages; available here in paperback, or as an ebook via Amazon Kindle Unlimited)
A.K. Anthony spent 16 years in the newspaper business in three Western and Midwestern states. Today he teaches history and political science. He lives in Kansas. This is his first novel.