Stoic and commanding, Joseph Marvick is a wealthy businessman and respected leader in the Norwegian immigrant community of Story City, Iowa. He supports the Norwegian Lutheran Church, believes men control their destinies by the choices they make, and lives by the values of respect, resourcefulness, and responsibility. Confident in his judgment, he controls the lives of his children, who love, honor, and obey him, trusting he will ensure their prosperity, health, and happiness. When decisions he imposes on his only son Severt and favorite daughter Ida have unintended, harmful consequences, Joseph spares nothing in his attempts to save them. A widower, Joseph faces his fallibility alone and, at the end, condemns himself. In death, as in life, his will is done.

Based on true events that occurred between 1907 and 1918, Thy Father’s Will is a heartbreaking story of family love, control, and guilt, of lives forever altered by the damaging consequences of decisions made for all the right reasons.


About the author:

Kirsten Jacobson Stasney is the granddaughter of Anna Marvick Jacobson and the great-granddaughter of Joseph Marvick. Kirsten spent her childhood in Ethiopia, and was educated at St. Olaf College and the University of Minnesota. She lives on the north shore of Lake Superior with her husband and two dogs.


Title: Thy Father's Will

Subtitle: A historical novel based on the true story of a family forever altered by the damaging consequences of decisions made for all the right reasons

Author: Kirsten Jacobson Stasney

ISBN: 978-1933794150

Pages: 242 perfect bound

Size: 6 x 9

Price: $18.00

Publication date: February 12, 2009



Thy Father's Will

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