Father's Trouble$

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Mid-Atlantic Highlands Pub., Apr 1, 2004 - Fiction - 492 pages
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FATHER'S TROUBLES, a double time-frame period piece, is set in Depression era West Virginia. In an attempt to overcome his humble beginnings, bank president and real estate tycoon Lawrence Burgher lets his greed and arrogance overrun his better judgment as he engages in financial corner cutting. His self-indulgence lands him in prison and his family in such disgrace that they develop a cloak of secrecy in which they shroud the next generation for over forty years. The truth about what caused Father's troubles finally surfaces because his granddaughter, Maggie Malone, refuses to let drop a remark her mother makes one summer afternoon.The novel weaves Maggie's search for the truth of the family myth with her grandfather's rags-to-riches to tragic-death saga. The juxtaposition of the contemporary and period stories shows the powerful impact this well-kept secret had on the entire family, but more importantly on Maggie's own troubled relationship with her mother.The novel employs letters as an integral part of the story. Lawrence Burgher is modeled on one of the author's grandparents and the novel is fact based."I loved reading this novel. The author is a born story-teller, and her ability to establish place, create character, maintain suspense, and pace herself made this one of the best books I have read since my discovery of Paul Bowles some fifteen years ago. In my book, FATHER'S TROUBLES is a winner."-- Virginia Spencer Carr, biographer of Carson McCullers, John Dos Passos and Paul Bowles"Carter Seaton's FATHER'S TROUBLES is a rousing good story of the wildcatting days of the nineteen twenties in the Appalachian mountains. Fortunes were made overnight but often at theexpense of honesty. Lawrence Burgher is the main character of this novel of four generations; he is poor boy with that All-American zeal to succeed. He is determined to buy, sell, and cut corners on his way to a life with serv

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