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 I’m a historical novelist, fascinated by individual journeys in other times and places as men and women seek what poet Mary Oliver calls our “place in the family of things.”bluesky2angle

In Under the Same Blue Sky, a young German-American woman discovers that more than magical healing powers are needed as World War I up-ends her community.

SwimmingintheMoon pb c angleIn Swimming in the Moon (2013), set around 1910, Lucia leaves a magnificent villa on the Bay of Naples for Cleveland, fighting for worker justice while coping with her gifted mother’s emotional instability. whenstrangers-pb-c1 angle

When We Were Strangers (2011), a USA Today Bestseller, follows a young seamstress from a mountain village in Southern Italy as she stitches a new life in America’s rough immigrant quarters of the 1880’s. 

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Pamela Schoenewaldt

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Sunday, May 6, 2pm reading from latest work at Hexagon Brewing Company, Knoxville, TN.

Thursday, May 10, 6-8 pm presentation on research on the historical novel, Blount County Library, Maryville, TN.

When We Were Strangers, Italian translation, to be presented in Pescasseroli, Italy, August 2018.

Recent Review
“Absorbing and layered with rich historical details, in Under the Same Blue Sky, Schoenewaldt weaves a tender and at times, heartbreaking story about German-Americans during World War I. With remarkable compassion, the author skillfully portrays conflicted loyalties, the search for belonging, the cruelty of war, and the resilience of the human spirit.”—Ann Weisgarber, author of The Promise and The Personal History of Rachel Dupree

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