Author C.M. Harris revisits her roots in the novel “The Children of Mother Glory,” which is set in the turn-of-the century Midwest. Like her heroine Glory Potter, she was raised in a rural church sect.
Unlike Harris, however, the fictional Potter remains in the religious community. Instead of serving her father’s ministry, as she is expected to do, Potter emerges as a dominant matriarchal figure who creates a new faith as well as an industry that supports her rural town.
But Potter finds herself increasingly torn between her religion and her desires, as she battles an irresistible attraction to another woman.
Potter is one of four characters whose lives intersect in the novel, described by amazon.com as a “powerful, beautifully crafted and inclusive novel” that “is a story of our times.”
Author Harris’ life went in a very different direction from her protagonist’s. After leaving home, she played guitar in rock bands, studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Loft Literary Center of Minneapolis.
Harris works as a copywriter and graphic designer in Minneapolis, where she lives with her partner, their twins and two miniature pinschers.
Harris appears at the LGBT Community Center of the Chippewa Valley at 7 p.m., March 9, for a reading and book signing. The center is located at 510 S. Farwell St. in Eau Claire. For more information, call (715) 552-LGBT or visit thecentercv.org.