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a love story
by Darla K. Crist

ISBN 978-1-61019-104-3 hardcover sold out
ISBN 978-1-61019-109-8 paperback

hardcover list price $24
paperback list price $10.50

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This historical fiction novel in verse introduces readers to Catherine Sophia Boucher at the moment she marries poet-painter William Blake. The once-illiterate daughter of a market gardener faces poverty and obscurity while she devotes herself to learning the book-making trade, eventually becoming Blake’s partner in every way. Through meticulous research and masterful word-craft, Darla K. Crist lifts the veil on the woman behind the man, revealing the bitter and the sweet of marriage to an intense visionary.


Darla K. Crist is an Assistant Professor of English at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, where she also serves as Writing Center Director. Crist is the author of the haiku collection, The God of Small Losses (2010, Finishing Line Press) and a forthcoming collection of flash fiction, The Book of Wishful Thinking (2016, Folded Word).


“…In Catherine Sophia’s Elbow [Crist] has succeeded in guiding her readers on an exquisite language tour through a mosaic word temple ventilated by the blank white spaces of her pages. The temple’s architecture invites the visitor to linger a while in each room, marveling at its tiles instead of rushing to get to the end of the tour. Much of the writing is so superb that readers will want to go back into the temple again…”
~ Steve Kash, Terre Haute Living (April 2014)

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