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Wandering Aengus Press proudly presentsFertile Ground.

Penn's debut novel brings to light a dark chapter of American history. During the cold spring of 1942 in upstate New York, US government officials steal away German-born farmer Hans Müller in the middle of the night, leaving his wife and two sons alone and without explanation. Does Hans’ odd obsession with his shortwave radio and foreign newspapers mean his quaint American life has been a lie? Or has the government made a horrible mistake that threatens to undo their family?

"Penn brings the past alive with nuance."

Jonis Agee,The River WifeandHorse People

"A riveting mystery."

Timothy Schaffert,The Perfume ThiefandThe Swan Gondola