Author Self-publishes Novel to Industry Acclaim

Local author self-publishes novel to industry acclaim.
Edina mom Karen Kelly self-published her acclaimed novel, "Prospice."

Karen Kelly didn’t quit when Vantage Point, the publisher that offered to print her first novel, Prospice, suddenly closed its doors. Instead, the Edina mom self-published the book under her own trademark, Legitur Books. Prospice, which means “look ahead” in Latin, was released in hardcover in June and paperback in August; it has garnered praise throughout the independent wing of the publishing industry.
“This is truly impressive fiction,” writes Daniel Slager, CEO of Minneapolis-based Milkweed Editions. “The characters are highly compelling, the dialogue is lively and entirely real and the storyline is very well-drawn, touching on a set of fascination, often underexplored dynamics. I found the novel fascinating on the whole.”
Prospice, set in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War, tells the story of a woman struggling to continue after losing her husband in the war. Caroline finds second love in Tom, who also lost his spouse. But their teenage step-siblings, Dinah and Tru, also develop a simmering, undeniable attraction to one another, pitting the characters against extraordinary hurdles.
“Before this I hadn’t really done any writing, not even a short story, except, of course, for a lot of essays in college,” says Kelly, who studied British and American literature at Vanderbilt University and, while raising a family, has volunteered for several local organizations, including Children’s Cancer Research Fund. “Writing a novel is something I had long wanted to do, but didn’t think I had the time for until at least a couple of our kids went away to college.”

Prospice is available for $24.95 ($17.95 paperback) at local bookstores upon request, or at