Tinker Street, the prequel to Anna Magdalena (2022), has arrived from Emperor Books!

Struck by love for a boy as beautiful as a Michelangelo, fifteen year old Maggie digs her heels in. She’s got what Willa Cather called “luck-making power of desire.” She’s a rebel in the best sense of the world.

Growing up in Woodstock of the 1990s, the daring performance artist Anna Magdalena is called Maggie. Raised as a “love child” in a communal household in the magic of the Catskills, her mother refuses to reveal her father’s name. Hoping to coax him into plain sight, she performs scenes from King Lear on the town green and exhibits her miniature portraits of townsfolk at the Woodstock library. Strangers approach with details of her birth, claiming her as their own but she’s no fool. Artists she calls fairy godmothers rally around. On her way to New York City, Dylan’s Man in the Long Black Coat appears and the whole wide adult world opens up.