Books by Iris

The Mantle: Synopsis

From sunrise to sunset, season to season, we do not know what hardship will fall upon our path. It is by faith and grace we do not stumble. And when we do, it is by faith and grace we rise again.

SO BEGINS the Mahari love story, at once a keen and fertile legend of a noble people who live by the Maker’s truth, mercy, loving-kindness, forgiveness, and resilience.  Survivor of Hu Mani, the Great Ruin of invasion and pestilence, ancient and wise King Hamrabi scribed the Word Tree to preserve the Mahari Way, in faith as a confident foretaste to coming generations: Learn the Words. Love the Words. Live the Words.

Now eight generations later the tribe’s lifeblood – and very existence – hangs in the balance. Without an heir to the throne there is doom for the Mahari Way, and an evil branch of the royal line seeks to destroy the kingdom. But at the right time, a prince is born, and Rahabem’s journey as heir to the Mantle, and the Mahari throne, is a path filled with the brace of loving community, adventure, friendship, and self-discovery. As he grows to fulfill his parcae, by grace he leads his people to an astonishing discovery and reunion with kinsmen from the Other Side, in redemption and fulfillment of the Maker’s Way.

To order, please mail a $33 check payable to Iris Lee Underwood to P.O. Box 61, Lakeville, MI 48366.
A woman of letters, Iris Lee Underwood writes an award winning weekly column titled “Honest Living” for the Tri City Times in Imlay City, Michigan. She is a contributor to the Detroit Institute of Arts Art & Sole Newsletter.  As a freelancer she has written profiles and feature stories for The Detroit News, Grand Rapids Press, Appalachian News Express, Oakland Press, Oxford Leader, Metro Parent, Michigan Out-of-Doors, edibleWow, and others.

Poetry is her first literary love, and she has published poetry in The MacGuffin, Farming, Mary Jane’s Farm, and Woods and Waters magazines. Her poetry won prizes in the Writer’s Digest Annual Competition 2010.

Book Signing Schedule


  • Thursday, October 25, 2018, 12:30 PM: Older Person’s Commission, Rochester, Women’s Luncheon: The Mantle: Art & Literature
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 7 PM: Romeo Art Guild: The Creative Process by Joyce Harlukowicz, artist of The Mantle by Iris Lee Underwood
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 7 PM: Oxford Public Library, 530 Pontiac St., Oxford: The Mantle: Art in Literature book talk and signing
  • January 27, 2019, 2 PM: Royal Oak Public Library: Art in Literature book talk and signing
  • January (day TBD): Warren Civic Center sponsored by the Warren Public Library: Art in Literature book talk and signing