LANDRY PARK by Bethany Hagen Blog Tour – Guest Post & Giveaway (US only)
Feb 27th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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Pub. Date: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Dial

Landry Park Synopsis:
In a fragmented future United States ruled by the lavish Gentry, sixteen year old Madeline Landry dreams of going off to the University. Gentry decorum and her domineering father won’t allow that. Madeline must marry, like a good Landry woman, and run the family estate. But her world is turned upside down when her childhood friend is attacked and she witnesses Gentry golden boy David Dana secretly helping a Rootless girl, in spite of the fact that the Rootless, who maintain the nuclear power the country relies on, are exposed to dangerous radiation. As Madeline begins to question everything she has been taught her whole life, rumors of war and rebellion begin to swirl amidst Gentry courtships and extravagant debuts. Soon Madeline finds herself and David at the center of it all. Ultimately, she is forced to make a choice: to stay with the Gentry—her family, her charmed life, and the estate she loves dearly—or to join David in the fight for Rootless equality.

Guest Post:

I knew from the very beginning of writing Landry Park that it had to feel both like the past and the future, and so incorporating elements of both came very naturally, almost unconsciously.  I started with the estates, knowing that they would be dependent on nuclear power and then using that caveat to structure the society.

I also asked myself, if there was a massive invasion and an ensuing civil war, if society changed totally and fundamentally, what are things that would probably stay the same?  What things would continue to advance?  I felt certain (perhaps I’m an optimist) that women would not allow a regression of their rights in any circumstance, which is why the inheritance system in Landry Park is a gender-blind form of primogeniture and it’s completely normal for a girl like Madeline to be groomed to be one of the most powerful people in the country.

I also (because I’m an optimist) couldn’t imagine a world where smartphones and tablets went away.  If I crashed on a desert island with no water and no food and a troupe of fellow survivors who had immediately turned to cannibalism in their desperation—the first thing I would do would be to build an iPhone out of coconuts and puffer fish spines.  So in my future, tablets are carried by everyone, pretty much everywhere.

In the end, I wanted the world to feel seamless.  I wanted the dresses to mingle effortlessly with the blue Cherenkov lanterns, the tablets to fit right in with tea and invitations stamped in gold ink.  I wanted modern day readers to be able to escape into the fantasy without feeling hung up on gender roles or even worse–lack of deodorant.

5stcnogjihkfueilknxqAbout Bethany Hagen:

Bethany Hagen was born and raised in Kansas City, meaning she can tolerate jazz for brief amounts of time and is offended by dry rub barbecue. She grew up reading Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, and all things King Arthur. When she’s not working at the library or running around with her kids and husband, she’s writing or thinking about writing. Landry Park is her debut book.

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