Cynthia Neale Book Talk: Catharine, Queen of the Tumbling Waters

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“Cynthia Neale has written a wonderfully descriptive novel that imaginatively narrates the hardships and triumphs of Catharine Montour, one of early America’s most remarkable women. Grounded in impressive historical research and empathy, Catharine, Queen of the Tumbling Waters reminds us of the human stories at the heart of times of great change.” — Chad Anderson, Author of The Storied Landscape of Iroquoia: History, Conquest, and Memory in the Native Northeast

Cynthia G. Neale’s historical novel, Catharine, Queen of the Tumbling Water (Bedazzled Ink Publishing Trade Paperback Original, April 19, 2023), is a compelling and powerful true story that spans the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. As American exceptionalism prevails against the recognition of indigenous peoples, Queen Catharine's story enlightens, entertains, and makes visible the unwritten truths of early American history.

Cynthia G. Neale deftly and vividly weaves Catharine’s life into the swirling worlds of the Iroquois, French, Americans, and British during the turbulent French and Indian Wars and the American Revolution. Catharine, Queen of the Tumbling Waters gives readers a unique perspective of these momentous times in American history through the eyes of a woman who straddles all these worlds while remaining grounded in her own culture.

About the Author

Cynthia G. Neale is a native of the Finger Lakes region of New York and currently resides in New Hampshire. Ms. Neale is the author of The Irish Milliner; Norah: The Making of an Irish-American Woman in 19th-Century New York; The Irish Dresser, A Story of Hope during The Great Hunger (An Gorta Mor, 1845-1850), and Hope in New York City, The Continuing Story of The Irish Dresser. She has created The Irish Dresser Series screenplay that is adapted from her four novels. Ms. Neale has also written a dessert and essay book, Pavlova in a Hat Box, Sweet Memories & Desserts. In addition to these works, Ms. Neale writes plays, screenplays, short stories, and essays. She holds a B.A. in Writing and Literature from Vermont College