Amy Suiter Clarke’s new ebook highlights the harmful aspect of close-knit non secular communities, going down in Minnesota.
Minnesota-native Amy Suiter Clarke is about to launch her latest ebook, “Lay Your Physique Down,” on June 27.
The thriller follows Delilah Walker, a younger girl struggling to search out her approach in life, as she works to uncover the reality about who killed her ex-boyfriend, Lars. After returning to her hometown of Bower, Minnesota, Delilah should confront her non secular trauma, her household, Lars’ widow and Pastor Rick Franklin.
Clarke’s debut novel “Lady, 11,” was known as, “an adroit exploration of the moral quandaries of true-crime storytelling” by the New York Occasions Guide reviewer, Sarah Weinman. Nevertheless, “Lay Your Physique Down” is predicated nearer to residence.
“‘Lay Your Physique Down,’ whereas it’s positively fiction, comprises much more of my private expertise rising up in a extremely conservative church and, type of, the results of that on individuals and their lives long-term,” Clarke mentioned. “I don’t have the trauma, the very particular traumas that Delilah has about her assault.”
Delilah’s outlook on life is similar to her personal as a mid-20-year-old, mentioned Clarke, who similar to her character, comes from a really non secular background.
“I really feel a whole lot of empathy for Delilah’s, simply, anger at every little thing,” Clarke mentioned. “Her simply being like, ‘I wasn’t taught methods to make a life as a result of I used to be solely taught methods to be a spouse.’”
The concept of the right spouse is constant all through “Lay Your Physique Down.” Within the ebook there are passages from a weblog written by Lars’ widow, Eve, when she was a younger lady, stating “We every have it inside us to be a Noble Spouse.”
Clarke’s familiarity with Minnesota tradition is clear within the ebook and, at one level, Delilah reacts to the very midwestern dishes at an after-church potluck.
“As I stroll down the road with my plate, I see Angela Culpepper’s caramel rolls, Celia Brown’s taco hotdish, Barb Smith’s loaded potato skins, and Jessie Nichol’s seven-layer salad, which for some horrible motive has each mayonnaise and marshmallows in it,” Clarke writes.
The cultural inserts weren’t intentional, and as a substitute got here naturally.
“I simply really feel like rising up in a spot offers you a perspective on that place like nothing else can,” Clarke mentioned.
Since dwelling in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Clarke has studied theater within the Twin Cities, earned her grasp’s diploma in writing in London and at present lives in Melbourne, Australia.
“Despite the fact that I’ve lived in Melbourne for nearly a decade I nonetheless really feel essentially the most snug writing about the place I’m from,” Clarke mentioned.
Even when writing about residence, the method has not at all times been clean.
“‘For Lady, 11’ and ‘Lay Your Physique Down’ it has concerned fully rewriting the ebook after principally ending or nearly ending, which I don’t advocate,” Clarke mentioned. “I at all times fear that the concept I’m engaged on goes to be my final thought ever.”
At the moment engaged on her third novel, Clarke mentioned for her story concepts normally begin with a “what if” query.
With a 4.03 out of 5 stars on GoodReads simply earlier than the ebook’s publication, “Lay Your Physique Down” has already acquired glowing evaluations.