The Compulsive Reader: Landry Park Blog Tour + a Giveaway

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Landry Park Blog Tour + a Giveaway

Today I have Bethany Hagen on the blog to talk about her new release, Landry Park! Landry Park was released earlier this month and it being pitched as a science fiction Downton Abbey. Got your attention yet?

Here's Bethany!
"Landry Park follows a seventeen-year-old girl named Madeline Landry, who is the heir to one of the largest estates in the country and is the scion of the most important and influential family among the gentry. She’s been raised to be proud, intelligent and determined, but she’s also very reserved and ambivalent about her place on the estate. More than anything, she wants to go to the university to further her education, but in her world, heirs are expected to marry and have children right away to ensure the family line, and so her father forbids it. A lot of her struggle comes from learning to fight for what she wants—and also learning what is worth fighting for.

Madeline really came about as a sort of cross between Fanny Price and Scarlett O’Hara. I wanted a heroine who was brainy and shy, but also capable of fierce pride and of making difficult decisions. I also wanted the Landry Park estate to be as much a part of Madeline as any other trait or quality. I have farmers in my family, and when you have an intergenerational plot of land that's been passed down from parent to child, the land takes on this whole other element. It’s not just a resource, it’s a necessity, a definition of self. I wanted that symbiotic relationship for Madeline and Landry Park."
Here's more about Landry Park:

In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish Gentry, sixteen year old Madeline Landry dreams of going off to the University. Gentry decorum and her domineering father won’t allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when her childhood friend is attacked and she witnesses Gentry golden boy David Dana secretly helping a Rootless girl, in spite of the fact that the Rootless, who maintain the nuclear power the country relies on, are exposed to dangerous radiation. As Madeline begins to question everything she has been taught her whole life, rumors of war and rebellion begin to swirl amidst Gentry courtships and extravagant debuts. Soon Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she is forced to make a choice: to stay with the Gentry—her family, her charmed life, and the estate she loves dearly—or to join David in the fight for Rootless equality.

About Bethany: 

Bethany Hagen was born and raised in Kansas City, meaning she can tolerate jazz for brief amounts of time and is offended by dry rub barbecue. She grew up reading Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, and all things King Arthur. When she's not working at the library or running around with her kids and husband, she's writing or thinking about writing. Landry Park is her debut book.

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1 comment:

LinWash said...

I loved Mansfield Park (one of Jane's more underrated novels), so Landry Park sounds awesome!