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  • Writer's pictureMichael Lee Simpson


In the early 1900s, a man committed his wife to an asylum under suspicious circumstances in North Dakota. Anna never got out, locked away for the remainder of her days. Windfall author Erika Bolstad learned of the incident in the wake of her mother’s death. Anna, her great-grandmother, left an undiscovered legacy that could produce a fortune; oil companies garnered interest in the black gold under her ancestors’ soil.


As a former reporter for Climatewire, Bolstad weaves a two-sided thread through the pages—an exploration of the oil industry and discovery of buried family history—a story that’s been in her blood for generations, begging to be told. Digging further into the past, more faces appear, rising from the dust, intertwining the captivating family narrative of survival and wealth. Her fingers are on fire, handling the subject matter with finesse and truth. Delicate and fascinating, Windfall: The Prairie Woman Who Lost Her Way and the Great-Granddaughter Who Found Her emerges with beauty from the Great Plains.

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