Fiction—Novels

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As All My Fathers Were

Brothers Richard and Seth Barrett are devoted to running the family ranch on Nebraska's Platte River, and they plan to do so for the rest of their lives. But their mother's will requires them to travel by horse and canoe along the river to understand why their maternal grandfather homesteaded the ranch three generations earlier. From her grave, their mother also commands them to observe the harm ...

For What He Could Become

When Bill Williams, a half Irish, half Athabaskan Indian, left his native Alaskan village after a disastrous bear hunt, he left behind not only the only home he had ever known, but also the girl he loved. It was then that the true adventure of his life began. He worked on a Yukon riverboat, searched for gold, and took a job building the Alaskan Highway. When the country became involved in World ...

The Cut of Pride

In his novel The Cut of Pride, Jim Misko does something that is rare in modern literature: he writes about hard, brutal, unpleasant physical labor. And he does so with such vivid detail that the labor itself becomes one of the story’s major entities. His cast of complex, dysfunctional characters—owners and employees of a mink-raising farm in coastal Oregon—is nearly destroyed by the seemingly ...

The Most Expensive Mistress in Jefferson County

What would you do to earn a $10 million profit? Would you be willing to compromise your principles? Hawkins Neilson is about to find out in The Most Expensive Mistress in Jefferson County. The United States Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and other government agencies have signed a contract—along with 130 ranchers and farmers and the Nez Pearce Indian ...

The Path of the Wind

Miles Foster is a newly minted teacher who dreams of getting a teaching job in the highly respected and financially stable Portland, Oregon school system where everything is available, and where he and his wife call home. But the only opening for his talents is in a remote lumber mill town in central Oregon, two hundred miles away. It is a poor school with forty students, and is controlled by a ...

West of Phoebe

This book consists of nine stories; most of which are loosely connected but no attempt was made to follow a timeline or storyline. They are intended to stand alone as short stories.  But, most take place in the mythical village of Phoebe in rural Virginia in the 1940s and 1950s. They are all told from the point of view of one narrator, many when the narrator was a child. Children in this time ...