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The Fallen Snow

The Fallen Snow

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"a gripping tale of self-exploration and atonement . . . emotionally complex and brimming with grit" -Publishers Weekly

~ A ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year Award Winner ~
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In the fall of 1918 infantry sniper Joshua Hunter saves an ambushed patrol in the Bois le Prêtre forest of Lorraine . . . and then vanishes.

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"a gripping tale of self-exploration and atonement . . . emotionally complex and brimming with grit" -Publishers Weekly

~ A ForeWord Reviews 2012 Book of the Year Award Winner ~
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In the fall of 1918 infantry sniper Joshua Hunter saves an ambushed patrol in the Bois le Prêtre forest of Lorraine . . . and then vanishes. Pulled from the rubble of an enemy bunker days later, he receives an award for valor and passage home to Hadley, a remote hamlet in Virginia’s western highlands. Reeling from war and influenza, Hadley could surely use a hero. Family and friends embrace him; an engagement is announced; a job is offered.

Yet all is not what it seems. Joshua experiences panics and can’t recall the incident that crippled him. He guards a secret too, one that grips tight like the icy air above his father’s quarry. Over the course of a Virginia winter and an echoed season in war-torn France, The Fallen Snow reveals his wide-eyed journey to the front and his ragged path back. Along the way he finds companions – a youth mourning a lost brother, a nurse seeking a new life and Aiden, a bold sergeant escaping a vengeful father. While all of them touch Joshua, it is the strong yet nurturing Aiden who will awaken his heart, leaving him forever changed.

Set within a besieged Appalachian forest during a time of tragedy, The Fallen Snow charts an extraordinary coming of age, exploring how damaged souls learn to heal, and dare to grow.

Editorial Reviews

ForeWord Clarion Reviews - Mark McLaughlin
"Kelley's characters are believable...human...introspective. The real story here is about a soldier trying to come back to a place where he no longer fits in, and about the family and friends who only slowly come to realize that he is no longer "the old Joshua." Although The Fallen Snow is in part a tale of romantic love between two men, it is also in many ways a timeless tale of men changed by war."
★★★★★ - ForeWord Clarion Reviews
Publishers Weekly
"In a gripping tale of self-exploration and atonement, Kelley's debut skillfully evokes the unpredictability of life in 1918 through mesmerizing descriptions and fully realized characters. Kelley's novel is emotionally complex and brimming with grit. Told in a plainspoken manner through parallel story lines—the present in Appalachia and the past in France—this story will appeal to readers of coming-of-age stories with a historical bent."
- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016062389
Publisher:
Stone Cabin Press
Publication date:
04/17/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
318
Sales rank:
188,596
File size:
801 KB

Meet the Author

John J Kelley is a fiction writer crafting tales about healing, growth and community. Born and raised in the Florida panhandle, he graduated from Virginia Tech and served as a military officer. After pursuing traditional careers for two decades, he began writing.

John is a member of The Writer’s Center. He lives in Washington, DC, with his partner of nineteen years and can often be found wandering Rock Creek Park or hovering over his laptop at a local coffee shop.

John recently completed his debut novel, a coming of age tale set in the shadow of the First World War. The Fallen Snow explores the emotional journey of a young infantry sniper returning to a remote mountain community reeling from war, influenza and economic collapse.

For more background on the novel or to learn how you can help recommend the novel to others, please visit www.thefallensnow.com.

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