The Clovis Dig
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- WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Summer 2021 – Best Literary Fiction
When a shocking discovery is found among ancient artifacts, an investigation of a different kind begins. Orchardist Claire Courtney must decide who to trust as she desperately tries to salvage what’s left of her livelihood and her life.
This multicultural novel brings to Claire’s orchard Native Americans, Latinos, and migrant workers from the American South to grapple over ownership of what lies beneath the earth.
"Given the sheer volume of literature produced each year, it can sometimes be hard to find true works of such striking excellence as this tiny gem of a book...There is a transformational quality about the author's text. The voices that spring out of every page seem to come from the mist of time and the furthest reaches of the human experience. It is effortless for the reader to be transported in this richly created literary world. One sees as the curtain slowly falls even more as the author spins a complex web of secrets and revelations that keep the audience engaged throughout. The book has some of the most creative and fully fleshed-out characters in modern fiction. The novel's narrative is both nuanced and breezy, and its visuals are compelling and revealing. In short, this is a wonderful and engaging literary experience that can't fail to bring one enjoyment." RECOMMENDED, US Review of Books
Fink has impressive command over the many swirling elements of her well-plotted novel, from the stresses of an agricultural business to the politics of academic power plays. Crucial to the story is Joe Running, a finely drawn young archaeologist who contextualizes the novel’s events in a marked way, especially as things take a darker turn. The characterizations are strong, but the author has the ability to make the unique setting as important as the people. Archaeology and murder mix in this smart, picturesque novel that’s steeped in local culture. Our Verdict: GET IT — Kirkus Review
The historically accurate backdrop of the 1987 Clovis Dig is intriguing, but characters drive the story: in conflict with each other for prestige, or love. Takeaway: Excavating the past digs up romance and danger. — Booklife Review
What Readers Are Saying
“A page-turning mystery that does not let you go.” Ruby Standing Deer, Author of “Shining Light’s Saga” Series
“Mysterious and richly realized. Fink is a masterful storyteller.”
Nillu Nasser, Author of Hidden Colours
Spectacularly Crafted Storytelling (Amazon 5 Stars) --Robert G Byington
"In The Clovis Dig, a surprising discovery at an apple orchard in central Washington upends the life of orchardist Claire Courtney. And from there things only get more mysterious. The Clovis Dig is the perfect mix of mystery and archaeological intrigue, sure to please fans of books like Fleshmarket Alley by Ian Rankin and Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs. Teri Fink is an excellent writer and The Clovis Dig is a gripping book."
A.C. Fuller, Author of The Crime Beat, The Alex Vane Media Thrillers, and the Ameritocracy series
— Read the entire US Review of Books book review by Robert Buccellato
"Thank heavens. Otherwise, school would be as intolerable as this place."
What happens when removing a few inches of dirt transforms your life forever and reveals your destiny? That is where this exhilarating story begins. Set in the beautifully described Wenatchee Valley near the Cascade Mountains, apple orchardist Claire Courtney makes a modest living. Then ancient artifacts are discovered on her land. Before long, Claire finds herself thrown into the middle of a massive archaeological dig and a slow-burning conflict between two rivals.
Given the sheer volume of literature produced each year, it can sometimes be hard to find true works of such striking excellence as this tiny gem of a book. There are never any cheap or outlandish expressions towards society's inability to let one out of a racial box or any exaggerated dramatics about family life restrictions in this multicultural novel. Instead, everything is presented in an engaging narrative structure that allows events to unfold slowly, giving the reader room to breathe as the recollections blossom.
There is a transformational quality about the author's text. The voices that spring out of every page seem to come from the mist of time and the furthest reaches of the human experience. It is effortless for the reader to be transported in this richly created literary world. One sees as the curtain slowly falls even more as the author spins a complex web of secrets and revelations that keep the audience engaged throughout. The book has some of the most creative and fully fleshed-out characters in modern fiction. The novel's narrative is both nuanced and breezy, and its visuals are compelling and revealing. In short, this is a wonderful and engaging literary experience that can't fail to bring one enjoyment.
Invisible by Day
“If readers are expecting a simple love triangle here, they’ll quickly find that Fink’s story has much more to offer. Fancy cars, espionage, and even morphine addiction wind up playing roles in a narrative that, much like Kate, keeps rushing forward, no matter what obstacles are in the way.” — Kirkus Reviews
Born into the Scottish working class, Kate McLaren is a servant in a wealthy household. Young and ambitious, she’s determined to rise above her station in life. She moves to London, marries, and seeks her place in society. When her life becomes entangled with the wealthy co-owners of the shipping company where her husband works, Kate suffers with a crushing guilt. Then World War I comes along and changes everything. She jumps at the chance to support the war effort and takes over her husband’s job when the men go off to war. Redemption seems within reach until war shatters London and personal tragedy sinks Kate into darkness. As she struggles to rebuild her life, Kate stumbles upon treacherous secrets — secrets that place her and those she loves in peril against malevolent forces.
Kindle Book Award Top 5 Finalist for Literary Fiction, 2019
Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Fiction, 2018
Finalist, Beverly Hills Book Award, Historical Fiction, 2019
What Readers Are Saying
“Teri Fink's suspense driven novel offers readers captivating characters, involved in powerful relationships, within a dramatic historical setting. Every chapter leaves you hungry for the next.”
—Cathie E. West, Author
"If you loved Downton Abbey, you’ll devour Invisible by Day. Teri Fink recreates World War I era England with vivid details, but while she paints the era with love, she doesn’t sentimentalize it. Instead, she captures much of the brutality, sexism and class warfare that defined the times. A detailed, sweeping novel that explores three of the most compelling facets of human life: love, war, and redemption. Readers will be marking their calendars for Teri Fink's next release.”
—A.C. Fuller, Author
"Often books are good because of the story. There are a few that are special because the words are beautiful and take you to another place and time. Those are harder to find. You have both! I loved it! I look forward to your next book!"
—Debbie Taylor, Reader
A very fun read. I love historical fiction and this story really took me to the time and place of World War I in London. The main character was not born into nobility but made a life for herself, despite mistakes along the way. She was a character to invest in and care about. I read it quickly because I couldn't put it down. The novel provided both heartbreak and hope and leaves the reader feeling like they have taken the journey along with Kate. Highly recommend!
—Gail Gilbert, Reader
"Invisible by Day grabbed me on the opening page and kept me reading all the way to the end. The story of feisty Kate MacLaren in 1910 London instantly caught my interest. This book provided a real flavor for the city, the fashion and the culture of the times as well as characters that came fully to life as they faced the daunting challenges of the era. Teri Fink gave us a fast paced story that's full of surprises, and a leading lady you can't help but root for. A great read. I can't wait for her next book."
—Jeri B., Author
"Teri Fink's first novel is a genuine page-turner, the kind of book you want to have on a long flight or a lazy few days on a beach. It richly rewards the investment in time and money required to read it, and that's not a small thing. I don't want to say much about the characters or plot, because discovering them is the entertainment you'll get from the book. However, the people and events are completely believable, in part because of how well the author researched the time period and how stylishly she describes it. She very obviously knows how to put words and sentences together. This book is suspenseful, fast-paced, and satisfying. If you're looking for entertainment, it would be hard to do any better than this. I recommend it most highly."
—L. F. Smith, Reader
"This book is a gripping story that draws the reader into another time and another place. I found it east to read, difficult to put down. I am very impressed with Teri Fink's writing, and look forward to reading more of her work in the future."
—Debbie L. Thune, Reader
"The story grabbed me right away and kept me involved throughout. I kept being surprised as the plot and characters continued to unfold and develop. I was only disappointed when the novel ended ~ I wanted more. Hoping a sequel is in the works!"
—Rozanne Lind, Reader