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Named to Kirkus Review's Best Books

A Best Indie Debut Novel of 2018

Finalist in the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Winner of the 2016 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize
A Place of Timeless Harmony

Two lovers seeking a reprieve from the confines of their affair in Minneapolis choose Tanzania as the setting of their idyllic getaway.  But once they enter the Serengeti their innate unhappiness and gradual growing apart is fed by a developing mutual distrust and the harboring of deeper and darker secrets that are painfully worked out allegorically through the events that surround them.


What others said


Kirkus Review

Slender but rich, Eriksen’s Hemingway-esque tale revolves around a delicate dissection of a fraying relationship, writhing with unspoken regret and artful noncommunication, whose real stakes are illuminated by the juxtaposition with primal scenes of life and death.

The Book Review Directory

Secrecy, love, and uncertainty fill the pages of this short but rich novel. Its emotional characters, vibrant imagery, and profound themes leave readers remembering that sometimes love just isn’t enough to overcome the emptiness that resides within. Readers of A Place of Timeless Harmony will question their own struggles to come to terms with the “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve” feelings in their lives and understand that what happens in the dark will eventually come to light.

Necessary Fiction

In the short span of a novella A Place of Timeless Harmony peels back the layered vulnerabilities and illusions of a couple on an illicit getaway to the hostile Serengeti wilderness. An intimate and marvelously detailed work by Curt Eriksen...this novella--the story of this particular man and this particular woman--makes for a fascinating read.

The story behind the story
In 2015 Curt Eriksen took his three kids to Tanzania with the idea of writing a piece of non-fiction based upon this once-in-a-lifetime family trip.  Instead he produced a story that won the 2016 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize.
  • The word Serengeti means 'endless plains'

  • During the dry season the wildlife is drawn to the campsite at night by the scent of the water used for cooking and cleaning.

  • Although phylogenetically closer to felines, hyenas are behaviorally and morphologically more similar to canines.

  • Hyenas will eat anything, including stinky socks and shoes.

  • Despite their respective reputations, lions are more likely to scavenge from hyenas than the other way around.

  • And unlike lions, which usually kill their prey before eating them, hyenas devour the animals they hunt while still alive.





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