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"...Like Footprints in the Wind"




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Outskirts Press announces the latest highly anticipated Christian historical fiction from Modesto, CA, author Pamela Atherstone



New Novel Depicts Mistreatment of German-Russian Civilians under Stalin’s Rule Prior to WWII: …Like Footprints in the Wind /A Generation Lost by Pamela Atherstone



November 30, 2012. Denver, CO, and Modesto, CA –After many first-hand interviews, combined with copious research and her own family stories, Pamela Atherstone has written a poignant tale of a simple Russian farm family of German heritage, living in the southern part of Russia near the Black Sea. Forcefully removed from their village and sent on a journey of great proportions, the family endures the unthinkable.


This is the saga of the German-Russian farm people, overwhelmed by the conflicts of heritage, politics and religion in 1929.  It is a story of faith.  It is a tale of love and adventure set against the backdrop of political change, and the progressive disintegration of a tight-knit family at the hands of Soviet repression.  It is a tragic story full of deceit and pain, love and redemption. This book is rich in narrative and detail of rural Russian culture during the pre-WWII era of “The Purge of the Kulaks."



When Johannes and Katerina Jahnle, and their two oldest daughters, are incarcerated in Siberian labor camps, the younger children are left to fend for themselves.  The story journeys with Anya, their ten-year-old daughter, who is selected by Sonia, an elderly disabled woman, to assist with her daily needs. Sonia takes Anya deep into the forest where she teaches the child a new way of life.  Here, Anya learns to be courageous and brave, as time passes and Sonia’s health fails.


Through a set of circumstances guided only by the hand of God, Anya is reunited with her father, and together they set out across the vastness of the Russian steppe searching for freedom.


Few people know about the “Purge of the Kulaks” in Russia, as this is a suppressed part of history.  In the back of this book Atherstone has detailed the Manifesto of Catherine the Great, issued 250 years ago, that lured German people into the fertile Russian territories of the Volga River and Black Sea, along with a short chronicle of how the people fared over the following centuries—an eye-opening and resonant account of a relatively little-known part of world history.




387 pages in length ...Like Footprints in the Wind: A Generation Lost is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the Christian historical fiction category.  With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and Spring Arbor, with pervasive online availability through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and elsewhere ...Like Footprints in the Wind meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $18.95.Additionally ...Like Footprints in the Wind can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at


ISBN: 978-1-4327-9773-7 Format: 6 x 9 paperback Retail $18.95EBook: $6.00 Nook: $7.99 Kindle $7.99Genre: Fiction/Christian/HistoricalFor more information about…Like Footprints on the Wind,/ A Generation Lost write author Pamela Atherstone.  Contact email: 


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About the Author:



Pamela Atherstone is the great-granddaughter of German-Russian immigrants and an amateur genealogist focusing on Russians of German heritage.  A member of the American Historical Society of the Germans from Russia and the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, as well as the Genealogical Society of Stanislaus County. She attends the Writer's Workshop at the Modesto Institute of Continued Learning (MICL) where she enjoys combining her love of family with her love of horses in the stories she writes. She is a mother and grandmother. A lifelong Californian, this is her first novel, and she is currently working on a continuation to this story.  She lives in the Central Valley of California with her husband, Jim, and her horses and dogs.


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