Rob Bignell is the owner and sole editor at Inventing Reality Editing Service, which meets the editing and proofreading needs of writers both new and published. During the past four years, he's helped more than 50 novelists, poets and nonfiction authors obtain their publishing dreams. Several of his short stories in the literary and science fiction genres have been published, and he is the author of the popular and highly acclaimed nonfiction "Hikes with Tykes" guidebooks. For more than two decades, he worked as an award-winning journalist, with half of those years spent as an editor. In addition, for seven years he served as an English teacher or a community college journalism instructor. He holds a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in journalism and English. "Windmill" is his first published novel.
Windmill: A Novelby Rob Bignell
For fifteen years, Carl Steinar and his sons, Peter and Lyle, have maintained a tenuous balance, keeping together their family and farm on the western plains of Nebraska. Like blades in a well-oiled windmill, each works in harmony with the other. But when Abbie Blaire, the new reporter in town comes to write a story about them, a monkey wrench is thrown into their perfect machine: She is the spitting image of the wife and mother the Steinar men lost years ago. They soon find themselves on new trajectories in which their needs and goals can only collide.
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In "Windmill," Rob Bignell brilliantly composes a tale that'll touch many. His characters, complex and ever evolving, struggle with personal demons as trying to find a sense of balance and meaning in their lives. While the origin of these problems was the long ago loss of a wife/mother, this is less a story about overcoming grief than staying true to oneself in the face of conflicting duties and obligations. The burden and value of memory, family, community and self-worth clash and are tested among the novel's main characters. The questions they face are questions almost all of us have faced at one time or another in our lives. Yet, despite the deep examination of such matters, Bignell's prose always is elegant and accessible. Indeed, sometimes the pleasure of reading this book has nothing to do with plot or character or theme but the mere flow of words, always musical and layered with meaning. If he were a composer, "Windmill" would have been a beautiful symphony.