Keith Baker, a cattle farmer in western North Carolina, lives a simple but tiring rural life. Physical labor has become his refuge from emotional frustration, struggle, and sorrow. Returning to his hometown in Alabama, however, he is forced to reunite with old friends and foes and to revisit family stories that shed light on his present life. As autumn passes, Keith, torn between several worlds, searches for justice, meaning, and understanding with his loved ones and with his internal self. His journey leaves us wondering how individual acts affect future generations, and challenges us to acknowledge the true value of personal relationships and the vulnerability of existence.
|Publisher:||Chapel Hill Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Bradford C. Philen grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. After earning a double major � B.A. in English and Spanish � at Virginia Tech in 2002, Brad served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the village of Okamukwa, Namibia. In 2007 he earned his M.S. Ed. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at Lehman College in the Bronx while teaching at the Marie Curie School for Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions. Brad now makes his home with his wife Jasmeen in Dakar, Senegal, where he moved in the summer of 2008. While teaching high school English at the International School of Dakar, he is currently working on his second novel.