Amy Suiter Clarke’s new guide highlights the harmful aspect of close-knit non secular communities, going down in Minnesota.
Minnesota-native Amy Suiter Clarke is ready to launch her latest guide, “Lay Your Physique Down,” on June 27.
The thriller follows Delilah Walker, a younger lady struggling to seek out her approach in life, as she works to uncover the reality about who killed her ex-boyfriend, Lars. After returning to her hometown of Bower, Minnesota, Delilah should confront her non secular trauma, her household, Lars’ widow and Pastor Rick Franklin.
Clarke’s debut novel “Lady, 11,” was referred to as, “an adroit exploration of the moral quandaries of true-crime storytelling” by the New York Instances Guide reviewer, Sarah Weinman. Nevertheless, “Lay Your Physique Down” relies nearer to residence.
“‘Lay Your Physique Down,’ whereas it’s undoubtedly fiction, incorporates much more of my private expertise rising up in a extremely conservative church and, type of, the consequences of that on folks and their lives long-term,” Clarke mentioned. “I don’t have the trauma, the very particular traumas that Delilah has about her assault.”
Delilah’s outlook on life is similar to her personal as a mid-20-year-old, mentioned Clarke, who similar to her character, comes from a really non secular background.
“I really feel numerous empathy for Delilah’s, simply, anger at every little thing,” Clarke mentioned. “Her simply being like, ‘I wasn’t taught how one can make a life as a result of I used to be solely taught how one can be a spouse.’”
The thought of the proper spouse is constant all through “Lay Your Physique Down.” Within the guide there are passages from a weblog written by Lars’ widow, Eve, when she was a younger lady, stating “We every have it inside us to be a Noble Spouse.”
Clarke’s familiarity with Minnesota tradition is clear within the guide and, at one level, Delilah reacts to the very midwestern dishes at an after-church potluck.
“As I stroll down the road with my plate, I see Angela Culpepper’s caramel rolls, Celia Brown’s taco hotdish, Barb Smith’s loaded potato skins, and Jessie Nichol’s seven-layer salad, which for some horrible motive has each mayonnaise and marshmallows in it,” Clarke writes.
The cultural inserts weren’t intentional, and as a substitute got here naturally.
“I simply really feel like rising up in a spot offers you a perspective on that place like nothing else can,” Clarke mentioned.
Since residing in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Clarke has studied theater within the Twin Cities, earned her grasp’s diploma in writing in London and presently lives in Melbourne, Australia.
“Though I’ve lived in Melbourne for nearly a decade I nonetheless really feel probably the most comfy writing about the place I’m from,” Clarke mentioned.
Even when writing about residence, the method has not all the time been clean.
“‘For Lady, 11’ and ‘Lay Your Physique Down’ it has concerned fully rewriting the guide after mainly ending or nearly ending, which I don’t suggest,” Clarke mentioned. “I all the time fear that the thought I’m engaged on goes to be my final thought ever.”
At present engaged on her third novel, Clarke mentioned for her story concepts normally begin with a “what if” query.
With a 4.03 out of 5 stars on GoodReads simply earlier than the guide’s publication, “Lay Your Physique Down” has already obtained glowing opinions.