Raven Woman’s Tavern
by Laura Koerber
Genre: Dystopian, Magical Realism
A backwoods bar run by a shapeshifter.
A road that changes length, direction, and destination.
A young man, lost in the forest and dying, hears the cry of a raven.
Set in a a collection of survivalists who are dystopic near future, Raven Woman’s Tavern is the story ofmost of them old, —squatting in the remains of a dead timber town in the Northwest. The residentshelp each other by means legal and extralegal under the watchful eye of Rachel, the —, and in needsicktavern keeper. When the peace of the community is disturbed by the sudden visit of four members of abiding and some are not -of them are law the local militia, the survivalists are frightened; not allcitizens.
But, as harlie the Poet, “You don’t piss Rachel off. She’s got her ways.”Crazy Mary said to C
Laura started off life as an artist. Even in early elementary school she could draw with near-photo realism. She liked to tell herself stories while driving, or doing boring tasks such as housework, but never thought of herself as a writer.
That is, until she got involved in the rescue of an abused dog. Her first book, a collection of short stories entitled The Dog Thief, made the Kirkus Review list of one hundred best indy publications and set her on a course of writing.
With one exception, her subsequent novels are in the genre of fantasy, though four have themes relating to current events, and three are also dystopias. Wild Hare, the story of a half/man-half/nature spirit and his feud with the local civic powers also made the Kirkus Review “best of” list.
The exception, I Once Was Lost But Now Am Found, is the nonfiction account of the largest dog rescue in the US to succeed without help of local authorities.
Laura is a retired teacher and lives on an island in Puget Sound with her husband; her one-eyed cat; and her elderly, disabled and chronically grumpy shih tzu. She is volunteers at a rescue for unadoptable cats.
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