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Gretchen Anthony for "Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners"

  • SubText Books 6 West 5th Street St. Paul, MN 55102 USA (map)

Join SubText Books on Wednesday, October 24th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Gretchen Anthony! Anthony, a MN-based writer, will read from her debut novel “Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners.” Book signing to follow!

“Brimming with charm and humor and it is the perfect Fall read.” —PopSugar

"Gretchen Anthony deftly captures all of the passive-aggression, generosity, humblebragging, kindness, emotional restraint, and humor typical to a Minnesota family. A propulsive and endearing debut." —J. Ryan Stradal, New York Times bestselling author of “Kitchens of the Great Midwest”

About the book:
“Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners” is an addictive new novel from Gretchen Anthony, a Minnesota-based author, which explores the blind spots, fundamental unknowns, and plausible denials at the heart of every family.

“Dearest loved ones, far and near—evergreen tidings from the Baumgartners!”

For three decades, Violet has launched her annual holiday letter with this signature opening. This year’s letter will be especially memorable, highlighting the retirement party for her husband Ed, a renowned scientist. The gala brings together Minnesota’s best and brightest.

But the evening’s festive mood goes south when Violet discovers a stunning secret about her daughter Cerise. And the fallout exposes the imperfections behind the family’s picture perfect façade. Much to their collective dismay, Ed, Cerise, Cerise’s partner Barb, longtime friends, and even innocent bystanders get swept up in Violet’s increasingly over-the-top campaign to restore order to her world. Just don’t expect to read about any of it in next year’s Christmas letter!

Entertaining, insightful, and brimming with surprises, “Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners” unfolds a riveting narrative from alternating perspectives as it depicts a vibrant, indelible cast of characters. Their struggles to understand each other illuminate the unbreakable bonds of family, no matter how dysfunctional, complicated, or thorny they might become.

About the author:
Gretchen Anthony is a Minnesota-based writer and humorist whose work has been featured on,, and She’s also spent decades as a ghostwriter and has written for some of the best personal brands in the United States, from CEOs to doctors and startup superstars to BBQ pros. “Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners” is her first novel.

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