Kathy Hepinstall, author of Blue Asylum, on tour April 2012

Posted By on February 15, 2012

About Blue Asylum

• Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 10, 2012)

Amid the mayhem of the Civil War, Virginia plantation wife Iris Dunleavy is put on trial and convicted of madness. It is the only reasonable explanation the court can see for her willful behavior, so she is sent away to Sanibel Asylum to be restored to a good, compliant woman. Iris knows, though, that her husband is the true criminal; she is no lunatic, only guilty of disagreeing with him on notions of justice, cruelty, and property.

On this remote Florida island, cut off by swamps and seas and military blockades, Iris meets a wonderful collection of residents— some seemingly sane, some wrongly convinced they are crazy, some charmingly odd, some dangerously unstable. Which of these is Ambrose Weller, the war-haunted Confederate soldier whose memories terrorize him into wild fits that can only be calmed by the color blue, but whose gentleness and dark eyes beckon to Iris?

The institution calls itself modern, but Iris is skeptical of its methods, particularly the dreaded “water treatment.” She must escape, but she has found new hope and love with Ambrose. Can she take him with her? If they make it out, will the war have left anything for them to make a life from, back home?

Blue Asylum is a vibrant, beautifully-imagined, absorbing story of the lines we all cross between sanity and madness. It is also the tale of a spirited woman, a wounded soldier, their impossible love, and the undeniable call of freedom.

About Kathy Hepinstall

Kathy Hepinstall is the author of three previous novels, The House of Gentle Men (a Los Angeles Times bestseller), The Absence of Nectar (a national bestseller), and The Prince of Lost Places. She is an award-winning creative director and advertising writer, whose clients have included top brands in American business. She grew up in Texas.

Visit Kathy at her website, and check out her blog.

Kathy’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, April 10th: Man of La Book

Wednesday, April 11th: Veronica MD

Thursday, April 12th: Broken Teepee

Monday, April 16th: Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

Wednesday, April 18th: Life is Short. Read Fast.

Tuesday, April 24th: Reading Lark

Wednesday, April 25th: Hospitable Pursuits

Thursday, April 26th: My Book Retreat

Friday, April 27th: “That’s Swell!”

Monday, April 30th: Elle Lit

Tuesday, May 1st: The House of the Seven Tails

Wednesday, May 2nd: BookNAround

Thursday, May 3rd: Library of Clean Reads

Wednesday, May 8th: Literature and a Lens

Wednesday, May 23rd: Book Journey

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