Bookreporter Talks to… Dianna Rostad

Dianna Rostad talks to Carol Fitzgerald about her debut novel, You Belong Here Now, which received this praise from William Kent Krueger: “I love this book, and I guarantee you won’t find a better debut novel anywhere.”

You Belong Here Now is about three orphans who journey west from New York City on one of the infamous orphan trains. On the train, the orphans come up with a plan to jump off in Montana to seek a life all their own. They find themselves on a ranch on Montana where they quickly work to adapt to ranch life. The two older boys work as ranch hands under the doubtful eye of a young woman whose family owns the ranch. She worries that the arrival of these orphans will get in the way of her plan to someday run the family property. Along the way, the orphans and the ranch family blend in a way that brings healing for all of them.

Dianna, who grew up in the Pacific Northwest, talks to Carol about how the place inspired her. Her family has a long history in Montana, and her father was a huge influence on the book.

Books discussed in this episode:

You Belong Here Now by Dianna Rostad

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Photography Credit: Greg Fitzgerald