Dorie Lavalle
Dorie Lavalle

Dorie Lavalle

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Born on the first day of 1900, Dorie finds herself at odds with the world and out of options. Married to Louie LaValle, a local man with an inherited farm but not the talent or stamina to run it, Dorie is anchored in poverty, childless and tied to someone she doesn’t love.

Prohibition and desperation inspire her to make and sell moonshine to the men in town. Soon she makes more money than she ever dreamed possible. To expand production, she enlists free-wheeling Victor, who builds a secret distillery in the woods. When Victor appears at her door with a gunshot wound, describing an ambush at the still, it’s up to Dorie to protect her future — and Victor—against angry neighbors, a zealous sheriff and the Chicago mob.


" her readers a seamless blend of murder, thrills, passion and friendship in a small town, with a pitch-perfect sense of time and place."

- Mary Ann Grossman, Saint Paul Pioneer Press

"An implicit theme of the book is that if people associate the Roaring 20s with flappers and jazz clubs, many women led far less glamorous lives. A friend tells Dorie: 'The men in my life never looked at me as something of value. They only saw me as something pretty to touch'."

- Janice Harayda, Star Tribune

About the Author

Mary DesJarlais accomplished it all in the Midwest. Born, educated, twice married, twice widowed, she raised two lively daughters, survived a breast cancer siege, and launched a career as a fiction writer with her first novel, Dorie LaValle, in 2011. DesJarlais is excited to have been acquired by Calumet Editions, which has released this revised edition of Dorie LaValle and will be publishing her new novel, "The Cutter's Widow," a story of survival, grief and adoption gone awry. Mary lives and works in St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Calumet Editions; 2nd edition (February 3, 2023)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 334 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1959770675
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1959770671
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.09 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.84 x 9 inches

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