My name is Nathan Carter. Let me say that even though this story does not concern me - not directly anyway - I feel an obligation to tell it, because it was told to me, and it is the type of story that needs to be told...So begins this powerful tale of love, loss and redemption, drawing us into the small town of Eden, Vermont, and into the complex lives of two very different men. Nathan Carter is a young man in love with falling in love. A serial monogamist, he flits from woman to woman until, as yet another relationship disintegrates, he leaves his busy Boston lifestyle behind him and drives north to the small town of Eden. There he meets Wallace Fiske: a man at the end of his life. A man with a story to tell. And as the surly, gruff Wallace starts to tell Nathan his story - the story of Nora, the woman he loved from the moment he first set eyes on her, the story of the man Wallace used to be - the two men become friends. It's a friendship - and a story - that will change Nathan forever...
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(198mm x 129mm x 18mm)
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Thomas Christopher Greene's debut novel is a masterpiece of tenderness and heartbreak; a love story devoid of sentimentality, charged with humanity and realism; a story of relationships forged and broken amidst the mountains and lakes of Vermont. Greene lays open the frailties of the human condition, in prose as clear and fresh as the waters of the eponymous lake. Nathan Carter is, in his own words, a serial monogamist, falling in love for months at a time before moving on, as yet another apparently secure relationship crumbles away. Despairing at his inability to settle with one woman, he leaves Boston and heads for Vermont, where he takes up the job of mailman in the little town of Eden. His new home seems to be suitably named; not only does he strike up an unlikely friendship with the grumpy, reclusive, Wallace Fiske, but he also meets Kate - and this time Nathan is convinced he has found the right woman. As the months slip by, and winter begins to draw in, Wallace opens his heart and his memories to his new young friend, recalling his love for Nora and the joy of their early married life together, while the love between Nathan and Kate grows ever stronger. But Wallace's story is destined to take a darker turn and Nathan is drawn into the secrets of Wallace's past, uncovering a bitter tale of betrayal and violence, which will have unforeseen consequences on his own life. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Thomas Christopher Greene
Thomas Christopher Greene was born in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1968. He graduated from Hobart College and the MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College. He currently lives and writes in Vermont.