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Truck stop operator’s new novel set during the ‘Great War’

| May 27, 2014

Shoemaker's Truck Stop

Shoemaker's novel is available in Kindle and paperback editions via Amazon and other retailers.
Shoemaker’s novel is available in Kindle and paperback editions via Amazon and other retailers.

Next time you stop in at Shoemaker’s Truck Stop in Lincoln, Neb., put a shout out to Karen Gettert Shoemaker, co-owner and -operator with her husband. She’s also the author of a new novel, “The Meaning of Names,” that reviewer Erin Seaward-Hiatt calls “ delightfully rich … a historical fiction of the plains and a tapestry of human emotion.” The book will appeal to readers “native to Nebraska and, plainly, plainly, to anyone interested in a good read,” Seaward-Hiatt adds

The book interrogates the reality German-American communities in the U.S. — in this case Nebraska specifically — were confronted with following the outbreak and ongoing fighting of the “Great War,” World War I. Read more about it in Seaward-Hiatt’s review

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It’s not the truck stop operator’s first book. Shoemaker also published “Night Sounds and Other Stories” in 2002. She also currently serves in a mentoring role with the University of Nebraska’s Creative Writing program.