THE GRAND PROMISE takes us back to the 1930s New Deal public works program. An Eastern Washington town is uprooted and a family grapples with personal and financial dilemmas. A father resists inevitable change, and enters into a fierce conflict with his son. The historic construction of the Grand Coulee Dam, a massive project destined to bring prosperity to the Pacific Northwest, will also destroy the family's home and their town, but it will change the lives of their community and the lives of indigenous people who have sustained themselves on the Columbia River for generations.
Rebekah Anderson is a Seattle-based writer and third generation Washington native whose family came to the Pacific Northwest as a result of the Homesteading Act. She earned an MFA in Fiction from New York University, where she began work on THE GRAND PROMISE (Empty Bowl, 2022) as her thesis project under the mentorship of E.L. Doctorow. Loosely based on her family history, THE GRAND PROMISE is her first novel.