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When the Civil War ended, Gil Hooley journeyed out West, figuring that if there was any market left for his hand-crafted tents, it would be on the wide open frontier. But when his wagon breaks down in the middle of nowhere, a community begins to grow around him, one tent at a time, until Gil finds himself the unlikely leader-and defender-of his own town. Clay Reynolds tells the tale of a man who discovers that even if a place wasn’t your destination, it might still be your destiny.
These fourteen personal essays by one of Texas’ most prolific authors are in turn humorous, literary, informative, nostalgic and all-around enjoyable to read.
The guys who coach and who know him respect him, and most all the kids are afraid of him, although he’s probably not more than five-six, five-seven–weighs maybe one-thirty-five or one-forty an hour after he eats a big dinner…
As the locals gear up to stop the railroad, long-held secrets about both the town and the protagonist’s family come to light, and he is caught up in the conflict to save his home town, and his family’s legacy.
Author Clay Reynolds sees these stories as reflective fragments, “the kind one notices when driving through North Central Texas—old buildings and houses, each concealing a story.”
Clay Reynolds wrote about his 2013 trip to Cuba with other members of the Texas Institute of Letters.
A nameless and sometimes hapless narrator moves through a series of casual encounters, mostly in the Southwest, with total strangers, average people going about day-to-day, often mundane activities, but taking time to reveal to him, unprompted, their life experiences.
The Wild West came alive under the pen of Edward Zane Carroll Judson, who wrote many of America’s best-loved “dime novels ”under the pseudonym Ned Buntline.
In a chilling mixture of the nostalgic and the supernatural, Clay Reynolds adds to his Sandhill Chronicles this tale of Faustian bargains, drag racing, old-time rock and roll, and a sister’s love for a brother who dies tragically young.