Member News: Book Launch and Party


Award winning author Susan K. Field announces the release of her debut novel, Eleanor’s Song. A coming of age. A thriller. Above all, a story of redemption and hope. And you’re invited to celebrate the book launch with Field at an open house on Sunday, November 5, 2023, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Pacific Crossing Clubhouse, 1070 Goff Road, Forest Grove, OR 97116.

Inspired by true events, Eleanor’s Song is set amid the backdrop of the Great Depression, World War II, and the western migration, Eleanor Owens learns lessons about the ties that make a family strong, how to endure, and about her own resolve.

“The release of Eleanor’s Song is bittersweet for me,” says Field. “While the book is fiction, it is inspired by pieces of my mother’s life. I wanted to give her a finished book this month, but she passed in early July at the age of ninety-five before I had a chance to. My mother knew I was writing this novel. I interviewed her and researched the era extensively over the years. Thus, this is dedicated to her and the women who survived, and the women who didn’t. May their stories endure.”

Field is an author of stories celebrating women. Before she started writing fiction full-time, she worked in organizational communications, championing the voices of those who could not fully advocate for themselves: homeless and abused animals, children with special needs, and victims of domestic violence. Based on these experiences, she felt called to write Eleanor’s Song.

Her nonfiction, poetry, feature articles, and essays have appeared in literary journals, anthologies, commercial magazines, trade journals, and blogs. In addition, an excerpt from Eleanor’s Song, entitled, “A Shadow of a Decision,” won a Kay Snow Writing Award, Short Story category in 2021.

What People are Saying

From Jane Kirkpatrick, best-selling and award-winning author of Beneath the Bending Skies

“Susan K. Field in Eleanor’s Song has written the classic novel: a character we can cheer for, who has talents and flaws, who makes mistakes but we understand because she’s young and she’s lived with terrible wounds. It’s a compelling read, a true page turner that unveils a strong woman resilient through trauma. Bravo to Eleanor and to her creator! May we see more from this debut author.”

Kirkus Reviews:

“… the evocative prose and several scenes of intense action make the narrative addictive … culminating in a thrillingly explosive life-and-death battle. A … period piece with moments of grace and a sturdy hero.” — Kirkus Reviews

BookLife Reviews by Publishers Weekly:

“Field brings forth an historical tale of family, trauma, love, and determination … The prose sings, and Field offers welcome insight into life’s most vulnerable moments. Historical fiction readers will find this compelling novel of growth and perseverance one to treasure.” — BookLife Reviews

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