Sometimes It Feels Like Far: A Novel of Mountains, Tall Trees, Fog, Longing, Love, Time, and a Broken Promise

Sometimes It Feels Like Far: A Novel of Mountains, Tall Trees, Fog, Longing, Love, Time, and a Broken Promise

by Gary Spetz

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Set in the wilds of Montana, this contemporary saga evolves from a coming-of-age tale to a "leeward side of life's" soul-search.

It is the story of a young Midwest man who ventures to America's great Inland Northwest, seeking adventure and summer employment. He finds both and more, and in the process develops a passion for the beautiful, untamed landscape and its colorful, rural culture. And, during his stay, after exhausting several romantic prospects, he also meets the girl who will redefine his life.

A glorious Indian summer ensues, bolstering youthful infatuation. Haakon and Kari's burgeoning love melds seamlessly into their surrounding wilderness playground. Their splendor grows and, in their confidence, they feel it manifest itself as a ripple racing across the cosmos.

Yet, the carefree warm daylight hours eventually recede. The Northwest's signature cold and dampness returns. Though the lovers procrastinate, they know a hard decision is imminent, and that fate threatens to launch them on two separate trajectories.

College, marriage, career, parenthood, graduations, and retirement come to pass and, in time, Haakon finds himself at a crossroad. His choice, and an unlikely event, grant him a second chance to make amends for a previous, painful decision.

Sometimes It Feels Like Far is a tale of adventure, beauty, and lost love -- all in a romanticized world where the mountains and the sky and the mist merge into one.

Gary Spetz tells of a "time and place and people" he had known well. As a lifelong painter, he vividly portrays Haakon's journey with brushstrokes of words. He writes like he paints -- boldly and with earthy realism. To author/artist Spetz, the setting of Sometimes It Feels Like Far is as paramount as the novel's sentiments.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940162486022
Publisher: Sky Pond Press
Publication date: 03/09/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Gary Spetz is also the author of the humorous childhood memoir, Searching for Alpha Centauri in a '64 Chevy.

And, as a “signature member” artist of the National Watercolor Society, he has hosted, scripted, filmed, and co-produced—with his wife, Marlene—three painting/travel series (111 episodes) for Public Television (distributed via American Public Television): Painting Wild Places, Watercolor Quest, and Color World.

His artwork has also been depicted in various art publications, including Watercolor, Artists, Watercolor Magic, Searching For The Artist Within, and Art From The Parks. And his paintings have been included in the “Top 100” of the National Park Academy of the Arts.

Gary and his wife live in Northwest Montana, where—when not trying to outsmart a trout—he continues to paint and write.

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