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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Political
  • Language:English
  • Pages:282

Felling Big Trees

by Rich Garon

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Overview

Felling Big Trees is the story of disgraced Congressman Fran Stewart as he turns to the American heartland to find redemption in the eyes of his daughter and the woman he loves; the woman who has taught him to love again. He has been adrift after losing his wife in a horrific car accident. Trying to free himself from a politically powerful mother-in-law who blames him for his daughter's death, Fran searches for a way to prepare a better future for himself and his teenage daughter, Becky. An innocent misstep one evening leads to political disaster for Fran.He travels through small-town America where no one knows he's a former congressman. The lessons he learns there are life-changing in ways he never could have imagined.  

Description

Felling Big Trees is the story of disgraced Congressman Fran Stewart as he turns to the American heartland to find redemption in the eyes of his daughter and the woman he loves; the woman who taught him to hope again. He has been adrift after losing his wife in a horrific car accident. Trying to free himself from a politically powerful mother-in-law who blames him for his daughter's death, Fran searches for a way to prepare a better future for himself and his teenage daughter, Becky. An innocent misstep one evening leads to political disaster for Fran. He travels through small-town America where no one knows he's a former congressman. The lessons he learns there are life-changing in ways he never could have imagined. Stripped of the detachment that characterized his early years as a congressman, Fran is drawn to an everyman perspective that poses universal questions. What breeds inaction and apathy? How do we jumpstart a deeper connection to the injustices we see every day? What does it take to engender empathy in a meaningful and focused way? How far will we humble ourselves to help those with few resources? Fran has to stand up to prejudices and uncaring established ways. His story and how he relates to those he meets fits well with a time when compassion and tolerance are often overwhelmed by strident tones and lack of basic civility.

About the author

Rich Garon works with the homeless in Northern Virginia. His career on Capitol Hill spanned more than twenty-five years, the last six of which he served as chief-of-staff of the Committee on International Relations of the U.S. House of Representatives. He and his wife, Karen, have two children and four grandchildren. Visit www.richgaron.com.



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