“A thoughtful look at desperation brought about by early-20th-century American enterprise.”–Kirkus Reviews
“Anderson’s enthralling literary novel addresses the human cost of a Depression-era public works project”–Publishers Weekly, BookLife Review
“Covers a grand vision, human resilience, and the enduring power of love”–Foreword Reviews, Clarion Review
“Readers will be swept up.”–Seattle Book Review

About the book

Published on the 80th anniversary of the Grand Coulee Dam by Empty Bowl Press, The Grand Promise is a work of literary fiction about the real communities that were impacted by the construction of the dam on the Columbia River during the 1930’s. Called “a gripping debut” by author Jonathan Evison and “an ambitious saga” by author Peter Mountford, The Grand Promise was the #1 fiction bestseller for Small Press Distribution in its release month. 

About the author

Rebekah Anderson’s first novel, The Grand Promise, is a work of literary fiction loosely based on her family history. Anderson earned an Fiction MFA from New York University, where she worked on her thesis with advisor E.L. Doctorow. More about Rebekah…

About Empty Bowl

Empty Bowl Press was founded in 1976 as a cooperative letterpress publisher. Their mission is to publish work by writers who share their founding purpose, “literature & responsibility,” and its fundamental theme, the love and preservation of human communities in wild places. They are distributed to bookstores and libraries through Small Press Distribution.

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  1. Hi, Rebekah – I loved your reading last night and am anxious to read the book! I saw in the forward that you love E.L. Doctorow. In the spirit of all things local, our community theatre company 12th Night Productions is doing “Ragtime” this summer, August 12-20. We normally do our summer shows at West Seattle High School but they weren’t COVID-ready so we had to switch to the Highline Performing Arts Center. Hope you can join us! https://twelfthnightproductions.org/


  2. Dear Rebekah (Becky)
    I have known you all of your life. I am Mary Lou Fletcher Vail. I am Winnie Gildersleeve Fletcher’s daughter. She was the sister of your grandmother Louise.
    Your grandmother was my favorite Aunt.
    My Dad and Mom went to see your parents after you were born.
    Congratulations on your book I ordered it today from Amazon.
    I saw your parents yesterday. It was so wonderful to see them.
    May God richly bless you and your family.
    With love Mary Lou


      1. You are very welcome ☺️❤️
        The lady Virginia that I am a Caregiver for. Ready our book in a day and 1/2. She really liked it. She loves books and reads a wide variety.
        My husband Bob is reading it now. He is really enjoying it.


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