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Levellers Press of Amherst, Massachusetts announces the publication of Letters from Erastus: Field Notes on Grace by Anne D. Emerson on April 21, 2015.

Letters from Erastus is woven around twenty-two letters written by the author’s great-great grandfather, Erastus Hopkins, to his daughters in the 1850’s and 60’s.  Buried for 150 years in the archives of the Massachusetts Historical Society, the letters become the driving force in the author’s quest to figure out who this forgotten man was.  Along the way, they become a bridge to Linc, a schizophrenic cousin in prison, and a guide for the author’s understanding of her own life story and old New England family.

While the book is full of engaging history, it is also a contemporary story, about a family of artists, the interplay of generations and values, and the ways we search for and find meaning as we move through the chapters of our lives.