In Clouds of Fire

a story of community

by Elaine Stienon



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/15/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 448
ISBN : 9781418447670
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 448
ISBN : 9781418457389

About the Book

Love, violence, and death on the American frontier play a part in this story of the early Mormons and their search for peace and freedom from persecution.  Nathaniel, a young man from a Shaker background, has promised to help Hannah and her brother get safely from Ohio to Missouri, where her fiancé Dan is building a cabin for them.  Despite his determination to assist, Nathaniel finds himself falling in love with Hannah.  How can he hand her over to Dan and never see her again?  His dilemma is made worse by the journey’s trials and the threat of persecution.

In Clouds of Fire also explores the diversity of people who were attracted to this new, unique religion, and the groups from which they came,  religious and otherwise.  Some came from a Huguenot background, one from the French settlement at Gallipolis, Ohio, some from the group known as “Seekers.”  One is an ex-slave.  All these people combine to form a family group within the greater community, where they face the realities of persecution and sacrifice in order to stay together.  Based on accounts and journals of the time, the book brings to life an exciting portion of American history.

About the Author

Elaine Stienon grew up in Detroit, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan, where she majored in English and American literature.  In her senior year she won a Hopwood award (a prize in creative writing) for a collection of short stories.

Since that time, she has had stories published in literary magazines such as Phoenix, South, the Cimarron Review, and the Ball State University Forum.  In Clouds of Fire is her fourth published novel.

She has had a life-long interest in history, especially the history of the early Mormons and the difficulties they experienced on the American frontier.  She lives in Glendale, California, where she devotes her time to writing and teaching.