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A view from afar

A novel by Curt Eriksen

Winner of the 2016 Clay Reynolds Novella Prize and Finalist in the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards (NGIBA), A Place of Timeless Harmony received a Kirkus Starred Review and was chosen by Kirkus to be featured as one of the Indie Best Books of the Month for June of 2018.

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.

Under construction, further reviews will become available as they appear.

Under construction, further reviews will be available as they appear.

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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