"A singular novel of hardship, hope, forgiveness, legacy and redemption, Snow and Oakham is a powerful, very important debut novel that is epic in its scope. Beautiful, intricate, frequently stunning, this story reaches, almost literally, into every corner of the globe, and even further into the human heart. Extraordinary." Edward Cruz A rite of passage, an adventure saga, and a redemption tale wrapped into one. "Snow and Oakham" is a story told across five continents: paying visit to a world of orphans and villains, heroes and slaves, cannibals and saints - all seen through the eyes of two brothers thrust into an adventure for the ages. When they are told that their birthright is buried in the Wild West End orphans Henry Snow and Jack Oakham set out to discover where they came from. And thus begins a journey to answer questions at the heart of every man. A saga about fathers and sons and the cost of forgiveness, "The Early Tales of Snow and Oakham is, '... An important, sprawling work with a lion's share of tenderness. It is proof that rip-roaring adventure is alive and well.'" Socratic Ventures The Early Tales of Snow and Oakham is the first novel by Philip Chavanne, who traveled for seven years to collect the stories in this book. Alongside his wife and his two daughters he manages a ranch in the Texas Hill Country.