Out Front the Following Sea
A Novel by Leah Angstman


“Angstman has written the historical novel
that I didn’t know I needed to read.”
—Kevin Catalano,
author of Where the Sun Shines Out



Out Front the Following Sea is a literary historical novel of one woman’s survival in a time when the wilderness is still wild, heresy is publicly punishable, and being an independent woman is worse than scorned; it is a death sentence. At the onset of the 1689 King William’s War between French and English settlers in the Connecticut Colony, Ruth Miner is accused of witchcraft for the murder of her parents and must flee the brutality of her town. She stows away on the ship of the only other person who knows her innocence: an audacious sailor — Owen — bound to her by years of attraction, friendship, and shared secrets. But when Owen’s French ancestry finds him at odds with a violent English brigada commander, the turmoil becomes life-or-death for the sailor, the headstrong Ruth, and the cast of Pequot Indians, Quakers, and townsfolk dragged into the fray. Now Ruth must choose between sending Owen to the gallows or keeping her own neck from the noose.

Steeped in historical events and culminating in a little-known war on pre-American soil, Out Front the Following Sea is a story of early feminism, misogyny, arbitrary rulings, and the treatment of outcasts, with parallels still mirrored and echoed in today’s society.

This book will appeal to readers of:
Alexander Chee, E. L. Doctorow, Paulette Jiles, Kathleen Kent, Neal Stephenson, Bernard Cornwell, James Clavell, Lalita Tademy, John Smolens, Patrick O’Brian, Arthur Miller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Genevieve Graham, Sarah Dunant, Geraldine Brooks, Charles Belfoure, Taylor Brown, Aline Ohanesian, Ian McGuire, Kathleen Grissom, Robert Morgan, Elizabeth George Speare, Sarah Vowell, Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jack London, Kate Murdoch, Alexander Kent, Melanie Benjamin, Alison Pataki, TaraShea Nesbit, Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, Kevin Baker, Hilary Mantel, Andrew Hilleman, Theodore Wheeler.


• Historical Fiction; Literary Fiction; Novel
• Published by Regal House Publishing
• First Edition: Spring 2022


A percentage of royalties from the sale of this book will go to the Stonington Historical Society HERE, the Yale Indian Papers Project HERE, the Mohegan Language Project HERE, and the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center HERE.

Praise for Out Front the Following Sea
A Novel by Leah Angstman


“With Out Front the Following Sea, Leah Angstman reveals herself as a brave new voice in historical fiction. With staggering authenticity, Angstman gives us a story of America before it was America—an era rife with witch hunts and colonial intrigue and New World battles all but forgotten in our history books and popular culture. This is historical fiction that speaks to the present, recalling the bold spirits and cultural upheavals of a nation yet to be born.”
Taylor Brown,
author of Pride of Eden, Gods of Howl Mountain, The River of Kings, and Fallen Land



“Leah Angstman has written the historical novel that I didn’t know I needed to read. Out Front the Following Sea is set in an oft-forgotten time in the brutal wilds of pre-America that is so vividly and authentically drawn, with characters that are so alive and relevant, and a narrative so masterfully paced and plotted, that Angstman has performed the miracle of layering the tumultuous past over our troubled present to gift us a sparkling new reality.”
Kevin Catalano,
author of Where the Sun Shines Out and Deleted Scenes and Other Stories



Out Front the Following Sea is a fascinating book, the kind of historical novel that evokes its time and place so vividly that the effect is just shy of hallucinogenic. I enjoyed it immensely.”
Scott Phillips,
author of The Ice Harvest, The Walkaway, Cottonwood, Hop Alley, and Rake



Out Front the Following Sea is a meticulously researched novel that mixes history, love story, and suspense. Watching Angstman’s willful protagonist, Ruth Miner, openly challenge the brutal world of 17th-Century New England, with its limiting ideas about gender, race, and science, was a delight.”
Aline Ohanesian,
author of Orhan’s Inheritance



“Leah Angstman is a gifted storyteller with a poet’s sense of both beauty and darkness, and her stunning historical novel, Out Front the Following Sea, establishes her as one of the most exciting young novelists in the country. Angstman plunges the reader into a brilliantly realized historical milieu peopled by characters real enough to touch. And in Ruth Miner, we are introduced to one of the most compelling protagonists in contemporary literature, a penetratingly intelligent, headstrong woman who is trying to survive on her wits alone in a Colonial America that you won’t find in the history books. A compulsive, vivid read that will change the way you look at the origins of our country, Leah Angstman’s Out Front the Following Sea announces the arrival of a preternatural talent.”
Ashley Shelby,
author of Muri, South Pole Station, and Red River Rising



“Rich, lyrical, and atmospheric, with a poet’s hand and a historian’s attention to detail. In Out Front the Following Sea, Leah Angstman creates an immersive world for readers to get lost in and a fascinating story to propel them through it. A thoroughly engaging and compelling tale.”
Steph Post,
author of Holding Smoke, Miraculum, Walk in the Fire, and Lightwood



“It’s a rare story that makes you thankful for having read and experienced it. It’s rarer still for a story to evoke so wholly, so powerfully, another place and time as to make you thankful for the gifts that exist around you, which you take for granted. Out Front the Following Sea is a book rich with misery, yet its characters are indefatigable; they yearn, despite their troubles, for victories personal and societal. Leah Angstman’s eye is keen, and her ability to transport you into America’s beginnings is powerful. With the raw ingredients of history, she creates a story both dashing and pensive, robust yet believable. From an unforgiving time, Angstman draws out a tale of all things inhuman, but one that reminds us of that which is best in all of us.”
Eric Shonkwiler,
author of 8th Street Power & Light, Above All Men, and Moon Up, Past Full

News & Updates for Out Front the Following Sea
A Novel by Leah Angstman


MAY 9, 2020
Leah is listed in the Regal House Publishing authors list HERE, and you can read her fun biography in the authors list HERE.


MAY 8, 2020
You know it’s official when you get one of these! Here’s the deal listed in Publishers Marketplace.


MAY 8, 2020
It’s official! Leah’s debut novel, Out Front the Following Sea, written over a span of eleven years, was accepted for publication today for the spring 2022 season by Regal House Publishing. The contract is signed, and onward we go.