Charlaine Harris’ New Fantasy Book Series Splits the U.S. Six Ways

What if FDR had been assassinated before the end of the Great Depression?

That concept fuels the world of a new trilogy series from Charlaine Harris, bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, which deals with a modern-day U.S. that has been split into 6 different nations.

Developed from the short story “The Gunnie” from the anthology Unfettered II, Harris returns with an alternate history of a broken America weakened by the Great Depression and the assassination of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which tears the country into five new territories:

  • New Britannia: The re-annexation of the original colonies (sans Georgia).
  • Dixie: The southeastern area of what is currently known as the Dixie region of the U.S.
  • The Holy Russian Empire: A California and Oregon colonized by Russia.
  • New America: A Canadian-controlled portion of the northwestern U.S.
  • Texoma: A secessioned portion of the southwestern U.S.
  • The U.S. presumably contracts to become dominated by the Midwest.

The first novel, Texoma, is out in 2018 from SAGA Press and centers on Lizbeth Rose, a fiercely independent mercenary who is hired on a manhunt by Russian sorcerers in a Mexican border town.

“It’s an absolute joy to work with a master like Charlaine Harris,” said Joe Monti, Editorial Director of Saga Press. “She has created an alternate world filled with denigrated magic, inverted expectations, and characters easy to fall in love with. The Texoma trilogy is classic Harris, playing with the elements she has loved for years, delivered with her signature style and profound revelations that have delighted her millions of readers.”

“All writers love ‘what if’,” said Charlaine Harris. “I became fascinated by the idea of writing about an alternate America, seen through the eyes of a professional gun-for-hire who happens to be a woman.”

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