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Orphaned at fifteen in 1883, Ezekiel Harrington is forced from his home in remote Nebraska into the hands of strangers in Philadelphia. They steal what little he has and he flees their injustice. Only his drive and stubborn tenacity keep him from starving. After desolate years, a collective of striving artists befriends him. Among the artists is Robert Henri, on his way to becoming influential in the art world. With Henri’s friendship, and his own ambition, Ezekiel scrapes together enough to rent space for an art gallery and goes into business where, he struggles. A crude Bohemian woman of incredible talent joins the artists’ group. Jealous of Henri’s attention to her, Ezekiel despises her. As he bumbles his way into turn-of-the-century Philadelphia and Paris of the Belle Epoque, his changing feelings for the unacceptable woman thrust him on an intense and unexpected course. In COME THE MORNING Jeannie Burt spins a story of love and longing, betrayal, loneliness, and hard truth. Her story delivers a lushly written, wholly original tale steeped in the details of another time that holds some resonance to Henry James.
A Note From the Publisher
“Philadelphia's art world at the turn of the century receives close inspection and serves as the historical backdrop for Come the Morning, a novel about a struggling gallery owner. “Evocative, reflective, and historically revealing, Come the Morning does a fine job of dovetailing a sense of self with a sense of place and purpose, also revealing the plights of women, artists, entrepreneurs, and the circles that both support and defeat them. “Readers seeking a moving story of artistic circles and life change will find that Come the Morning operates smoothly and is compelling on many different levels, making it a top recommendation.” --Midwest Book Review “A deeply satisfying novel of scope and depth. A beautiful book. Come the Morning brings to mind Crane's Maggie, Sinclair's The Jungle, or the more genteel worlds of Henry James and Edith Wharton. I loved it.” --Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, Booklover “An unforgiving world of poverty, boom-bust, the growing women's movement, European migration [and Ezekiel Harrington’s] single-minded quest for wealth and revenge. A superbly engrossing sequel to Burt's earlier, The Seasons of Doubt.” -- Jerry Berberet, PhD, American Historian “Come the Morning, the sequel to novelist Jeannie Burt’s Seasons of Doubt, will immediately captivate readers as they continue to explore the life of Ezekiel Harrington, a good friend of Robert Henry Cozad, later to become Robert Henri, one of America’s greatest artists and art instructors. While the Seasons of Doubt explores the community life of Cozad, Nebraska, Come the Morning returns to the life of Harrington although now he is now living in Philadelphia and then Paris, along with his continuing friendship with Henri who is now an aspiring artist.” --The Robert Henri Museum “Come the Morning: hardship and grit, a life journey twisted by reality. Catch your breath before you start to read.” --Manuel Cobarrubias
Three-city author tour. Presentations at Philadelphia Art Academy. Outreach to 5,000 libraries and book clubs. Social media through author blog, Facebook, Twitter. Multiple blog tours. Bookstore readings and signings.