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Literary fiction author and pianist who loves to ski and kayak

Background Information

 Connie Claire Szarke grew up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes (Minnesota). Her fiction reflects this place. Delicate Armor, Szarke's semi-autobiographical debut novel, is the coming-of-age story of Callie Lindstrom, a cheeky girl who shares a special bond with her father. Without a son, Will Lindstrom places his energy in young Callie, teaching her his love for the outdoors. Accepted into the world of men within her family and privy to their dreams and struggles, she learns to navigate waves of conflict and loss while realizing her own place in the world and passes from young girl to self-possessed woman. Delicate Armor is Callie's tribute to the land and to her microcosm of men.

A Stone for Amer, Szarke's new novel and companion book to Delicate Armor, is now available through Itasca Books. Click on


Stone Wall is Szarke's stand-alone short—a love story set in Ireland, available for purchase from the author. For details, please send an email to



Szarke's debut novel, Delicate Armor, was selected as a 2012 Midwest Book Award Finalist in two categories: Historical and YA Fiction. Her poetry and short stories have won awards and publication in a variety of anthologies and magazines, including The Talking Stick, Dust & Fire, and Lake Country Journal Magazine.

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Delicate Armor appeals to men, women, and young adults. The novel is popular with book clubs and has received excellent reviews on The author has become well-known, having participated in the MBA Trade Show in Minneapolis, the Rain Taxi Review Twin Cities Book Festival, the Bloomington Writers Festival, and the Saint Peter Book Festival. Her second novel, A Stone for Amer, due out in February 2013 is garnering much interest.

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Delicate Armor
A coming-of-age family saga set in the 1950s, narrated by Callie Lindstrom, a cheeky girl who is taken under the wing of her father.

A Stone for Amer
Will Lindstrom was only sixteen when he and his father took the train from southern Minnesota to the "godforsaken" wilds of eastern Montana in 1919 to claim the body of his Uncle Amer. Decades later, Will reveals the truths he learned about his beloved uncle and the prejudice that killed him and wounded his family.

Stone Wall
After sailing from the west coast of Ireland to the wind-swept Aran Islands, Gloria Spencer, injured and alone, is prepared to spend her first night on Inishmaan propped against the stone wall of an ancient cemetery. That is, until Martin Faherty happens upon her.

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