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Author Margi Preus leaned on Norwegian folk tales for inspiration while writing her new novel, “West of the Moon.” (Submitted photo)

Award-winning Duluth author pulls from folk tales, ancestral diary for newest novel

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Margi Preus was reading her great-great-grandmother’s diary when she found two sentences that sparked enough curiosity in her that she built a novel around them.

According to the journal, Linka Preus had met a young farm girl while traveling by boat from Norway to America in the mid-1800s.

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