One of the most fascinating parts of doing this work has been the number and kind of people that we have been most fortunate to meet and work with. Almost all of them have been incredibly helpful and generous with their time, resources, and connections, and no two more so than Dick Bernard and Emmett Omar.
We came across some blog posts that Dick, a native North Dakotan now living in Minnesota, wrote about Hudson’s The Bones of Plenty, and requested his permission to link to those posts on his blog site, Outside the Walls. Since then, Dick has become an most active and thorough participant in researching Hudson and her family roots in North Dakota, which we will be sharing with you on this page.
I invite you start by visiting Dick’s blog, and his recently updated post on Hudson, The Bones of Plenty, in which he has included photos of Cleveland, North Dakota, a primary setting in the novel:
Let us know if you think these building look much the same as young Lois would have seen them during her childhood years in the Jamestown/Cleveland areas.
Dick also introduced us to his long time friend, Emmett Omar, who, amazingly enough, moved from North Dakota to Redmond, Washington and currently lives, literally, fifteen minutes from Hudson’s former home! Even more astonishing is that Emmett grew up on land at the end of a road that Hudson’s childhood home sat on. He recently took a trip out that way, and has sent along some pictures of the current location, which is indeed a Microsoft campus as Hudson notes in Unrestorable Habitat.