Kali VanBaale

The Good DivideIn the lush countryside of Wisconsin, Jean Krenshaw is the ideal 1960’s dairy farm wife. She cooks, sews, raises children, and plans an annual July 4th party for friends and neighbors. But when her brother-in-law Tommy, who lives next door, marries leery newcomer Liz, Jean is forced to confront a ten-year-old family secret involving the unresolved death of a young woman. With stark and swift prose, The Good Divide explores one woman’s tortured inner world, and the painful choices that have divided her life, both past and present, forever.


Kali VanBaale’s debut novel, The Space Between, earned an American Book Award, the Independent Publisher’s silver medal for general fiction, and the Fred Bonnie Memorial First Novel Award. Kali holds an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has been an assistant professor of writing and literature at Drake University and is a faculty member in the Lindenwood University MFA Creative Writing Program. Born and raised on a dairy farm in rural southern Iowa, she currently lives and writes on an acreage outside Des Moines with her husband, three children, and highly emotional dog.