Puritan badass sparks a Lincoln author’s imagination


Just last week, Lincoln author Louella Bryant published her fourth historical fiction novel “Beside the Long River” with Black Rose Writing — an independent publishing house based in Texas.

“My books try to give the alternate story — which is the real story,” explained Bryant, who earned her undergrad degree from George Washington University and her MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. “This is not necessarily attractive to people who want to hide the ugliness of history.”

“Beside the Long River” is set in the early 17th century, and is based on historical people and events, including the brutal and bloody Pequot War of 1636. The story follows “Puritan teenager Sarah Lyman as she realizes the leaders of English settlements will destroy anything in the way of their expansion in the New World, including wolves — and Indians,” reads the…

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