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Mary Volmer is the author of two works of historical fiction set in the United States in the 1800s.
Both of these novels shed light on women in roles largely ignored by standard history books. In Reliance, Illinois, the teenage protagonist enters the service of Miss Rose Werner, a suffragette and purveyor of black market birth control. In Crown of Dust, Alex Ford, a young woman disguised as a man, arrives at a California settlement to pan for gold. Kirkus Reviews stated, "Volmer paints a moving portrait of outcasts and nonconformists who build their own community."
Volmer grew up in Grass Valley, a rural community in California that was a key location during California's Gold Rush of the 1800s. She completed her undergraduate work at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California, as a scholar-athlete, playing basketball. She then earned a master's degree from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, where she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Returning to Saint Mary's College on a Chester Aaron and Agnes Butler Scholarship, she completed a master of fine arts and currently teaches there. She lives on the campus with her husband and son.

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