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Number of Pages: 182
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2014
|Dimensions: 9.02 X 5.98 X 0.42 (inches)|
First-time author David Sarles writes of a 19th century sheep drive across New York State, through the upper Midwest, and into Wisconsin. John Stiles?the father, his son Jesse, and their fellow sheep herders are fictitious; however, they encounter historical events of the time the nation was at war. Jesse, the narrator, and his friend Moses experience the nation's growing pains first hand.
Author: David Sarles
Located in: Bayville, NY
Submitted: September 15, 2014
Tell us a little about yourself. For many years, I taught English and coached, in two schools with my wife as a colleague and sons in attendance. Summertime, I compete in distance running events and fish. I serve on the vestry and sing in our church choir.
What was your motivation behind this project? This was a family story, passed down by word of mouth. It now appears there are some records that give veracity to the experience, but this account is entirely a work of fiction.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? The book can offer a glimpse into historical events and travel in mid-nineteenth century America.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Like the narrative journey in the book, I sought a purpose throughout the writing project. Now, it seems, the value was, as the narrator found, in doing the work itself.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? The poets Donald Hall, Jane Kenyon, Seamus Heaney, Galway Kinnell; the authors Howard Fast, E.L. Doctorow, Dave Eggers, Michael Chabon; the composers Gershwin, Bernstein, Arvo Part and J.S. Bach; the painters Derain, Matisse, Cecilia Beaux, Homer; the instrumentalists Glenn Gould, Evelyn Glennie, Bela Fleck; the actors Meryl Streep, Robin Williams, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Practice what you preach.