Visiting Tom A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace (Hardcover)
|Author: Michael Perry|
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|Acclaimed author Perry returns with the tale of Tom Hartwig, an old-timer best known locally for building and firing homemade cannons. Famous for driving a team of oxen in local parades, Tom has an endless reservoir of stories dating back to the days of his prize Model A.|
From the Publisher:
The author of Coop details his experiences and conversations with his octogenarian, cannon-shooting neighbor Tom Hartwig, who, armed with an arsenal of stories and an anti-authoritarian streak a mile wide, offers guidance and inspiration to this middle-aged father of daughters. 50,000 first printing.
"Mr. Perry is a pleasant companion, both to Tom and the reader. He is quick to insist that he isn't a farmer. He's a writer with a sideline in pigs and chickens and oats. He has been growing as a writer--he still drifts into the maudlin, but he seems to know that now--and when he waxes over the sharpening of his scythe, and how he uses it to cut oats, his writing is beautiful and immediate and elegant." - Max Watman 08/25/2012 "Perry's portrayal of Tom and his life are both engaging, although the meandering nature of the narrative can be frustrating. Nevertheless, the moments of genuine emotion make up for its slow pace. Flawed, but down-to-earth and genuine." 08/01/2012