We are very excited to share the cover for our next book release: Cut From Strong Cloth by Linda Harris Sittig and forthcoming on December 1 later this year.
At nineteen, Ellen Canavan lives for the dream of her late father: to succeed in business. But being a woman in 1861, she finds the path to entrepreneurship blocked many times over. The threat of war, her mother’s disapproval, and even a malicious arsonist threaten to limit the aspiring textile merchant to the status of impoverished Irish immigrant.
As she travels from the factories of Philadelphia to the riverfront wharves of Savannah with her business mentor, James Nolan, the Civil War explodes amidst their blossoming love, and the two are separated. Can Ellen’s undaunted, fiery strength guide her through a divided nation, or must she abandon her dream in order to save her own life?
“Sittig has brought the past to life with a fascinating look into the textile industry of pre-Civil War Philadelphia and the unshakeable spirit of a young woman who fought to change the status quo. Superbly researched,… this is a story that you will not forget and will leave you longing for a sequel.”
-Jeanne M. Cumiskey, Director, Fabric Research & Development, Abercrombie & Fitch
Cut From Strong Cloth is Linda Harris Sittig’s first novel in a series, Threads of Courage, which will feature strong female figures from history who battled a status quo that was aligned against them and deserve to have their stories told.
Between now and December 1, the book is available on pre-order from our publisher store. You can pre-order the book for $15 (shipping included). For a limited time, there is also an option to add our first anthology Forging Freedom, a collection of 35 fiction and non fiction short stories, for an additional $5.
About Linda Harris Sittig
Born in Greenwich Village, New York City, and raised in Northern New Jersey, Linda was lured into reading by Lad, a Dog and Nancy Drew, Girl Detective. Later her attraction to history and a bit of wanderlust led her to study in Switzerland, before returning stateside to earn a B.A. in History and a M.Ed. in Reading.
Combining her passion for history, stories, and the need for literacy, she began publishing commentaries on how parents could encourage the love of reading with their children. That led to a twenty year weekly newspaper column, “KinderBooks” (Loudoun Times-Mirror); a non-fiction text, New Kid in School (Teachers College Press); and writing for a nationally syndicated educational newsletter, The Connection (PSK Associates). Linda has been recognized twice by the Virginia Press Association with Certificates of Merit for her journalism.
Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Reston Connection, and The Purcellville Gazette, in addition to numerous professional journals and short story anthologies. From 1982 – 1994 she received three separate distinguished educator awards from local, state, and international organizations. Linda currently teaches at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA where she works with educators on how to implement the best practices of literacy instruction.
Currently promoting her novel, Cut From Strong Cloth, Linda is paying tribute to an ancestor who in 1860 Philadelphia struggled to become a successful textile merchant as the Civil War exploded around her.
Linda lives in Loudoun County, Virginia with her husband, and where the Blue Ridge Mountains are the first to greet the dawn. In her spare time she travels with her family and enjoys her grandchildren.