“Tragedy and blessing. Leave them
alone long enough and it gets real hard
to tell them apart.”






“Catts’s sincere tale of redemption, set in the late 1970s, is steeped in yearning for a communal-spirited heartland America where neighbors pitched in when a youngster’s welfare was at stake and ‘buffet items constituted big decisions.’ …[Catts] lures the reader with the assurance of a seasoned storyteller and a radar-like feel for the pull and push of parent and offspring.”

~New York Times

“This uplifting novel…is about overcoming adversity and finding one’s path–even if it’s unconventional.”


“Catts’s version of Leadville is spot-on. Her descriptions of the mining town tell the story of a small mountain town cloaked in myths, rumors, ghost stories–but above all, caring people . . . By dealing with the question of what happens to children who make life-altering mistakes, she deals with a number of big themes, including family, hope, redemption, and forgiveness . . . the exceptionally crafted story kept me reading to the end.”

~5280 Denver’s Mile High Magazine

“Beautifully written…fast paced and rich in detail. It makes you feel as if you are there and experiencing all the emotions of the story. Catts brings together tragedy and blessings with her talented writing. Readers will treasure this novel.”

~RT Book Reviews

“Smart, unsettling, and meticulously composed, Margo Catts’ debut novel affirms the power of narrative to redeem.”

~Lynn Stegner, winner of the Faulker Award,
author of Because a Fire Was in My Head

Margo Catts is the perfect guide to Leadville and to life, with a sharp eye for everyday details, a pitch-perfect ear for conversation, a sympathetic heart for her characters’ travails, and a sure foot along their unpredictable paths.”

~Brigid Pasulka, winner of the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award,
author of A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True

“This is a rare thing–a glorious novel that’s both gripping and heartwarming.”

~Judith Allnat, author of The Silk Factory

“In Among the Lesser Gods, Margo Catts offers us a tale as deep and dark and full of hope as the mines of Leadville.

~Tiffany Quay Tyson, author of Three Rivers

“Drenched in lyrical language and blade’s-edge observation, with a heartbreaking secret at its core, Among the Lesser Gods is an essential American love story for our nomadic, unrooted times.”

~Carrie La Seur, author of The Home Place

“This is a heartfelt book that will break your heart at times, and at others fill you with joy.”
~Daniel Robinson, author of After the Fire

Among the Lesser Gods is available now from the booksellers at the right, at your independent bookstore, or at your local library. Please request if you can’t find it!


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