Hamline News

Nancy Hedin, MFA '13, debuts with Bend


Bend by Nancy Hedin
Published by Anglerfish Press
Publication date: May 8, 2017
Novel, 242 pages

Order the book: Riptide Publishing
Author Site: nancyhedin.com



Lorraine Tyler is the only queer person in Bend, Minnesota. Or at least that’s what it feels like when the local church preaches so sternly against homosexuality. Which is why she’s fighting so hard to win the McGerber scholarship—her ticket out of Bend—even though her biggest competition is her twin sister, Becky. And even though she’s got no real hope—not with the scholarship’s morality clause and that one time she kissed the preacher’s daughter.

Everything changes when a new girl comes to town. Charity is mysterious, passionate, and—to Lorraine’s delighted surprise—queer too. Now Lorraine may have a chance at freedom and real love.

But then Becky disappears, and Lorraine uncovers an old, painful secret that could tear the family apart. They need each other more than ever now, and somehow it’s Lorraine—the sinner, the black sheep—who holds the power to bring them together. But only if she herself can learn to bend.



Bend is the reason people write fiction. Sometimes writers create characters so lifelike, they breathe on the page.
—Susan Solomon, writer and editor at Sleet Magazine

This is a coming-of-age story suitable for a wide audience. Themes of faith, family, acceptance, and mental illness will resonate with teen readers.
—Booklist, Anna Mickelsen

Lorraine Tyler, the star of Bend, is a character you won't soon forget. Her struggle ... will strike a chord with readers of all ages. ...fierce, funny, and tender coming-of-age novel.
Alison McGhee, NYT bestselling author of Someday, and Pulitzer Prize nominated, Shadow Baby



Big Bend Blog Tour 
May 8 - May 12
Join Nancy and Riptide on the virtual book tour, with exclusive guest posts, content, and giveaways. 

Reading at Common Good Books
May 25, at 7 pm 
More info here

Reading at the Little Falls Library
July 27, from 2:30 - 3:30 pm
108 3rd Street NE, Little Falls, MN



Nancy J. Hedin grew up in a small town in central Minnesota and now lives in St. Paul with her partner, two daughters, one dog, one bearded dragon, and two cats. She has worked as a mental health crisis worker for over twenty years. Nancy graduated from Hamline's MFA program in 2013.

Connect with Nancy
website: nancyhedin.com
facebook: @nancyhedinWRITES
twitter: @njhedin1