Wednesday, September 26, 2012

An Incredibly Moving Story that Spans the Trappings of Time

Calvin Bowden’s ‘Voices from a Far Field’ is the stunning story of one man’s past and the things we can never truly escape

Voices from a Far Field is author Calvin Bowden’s stunning novel of love and desperation during the Great Depression, and the lengths people will go to in order to protect those they love the most.  Beginning and ending in the present day, Voices from a Far Field transports readers back in time to the troubled days of the Depression, and the lives of those who lived it.

The story of Heck Tennel, a man who has lived as another man for more than 60 years, Voices from a Far Field opens as he waits patiently for the law office on the other side of the street to open.  Having fled his hometown years before, Heck is about to receive another  letter that will explain the urgency of the one he received earlier in which the writer begged him to return immediately. However, going home is never easy, especially for Heck.

Taking readers back to 1935, this moving novel reveals Heck’s tumultuous past, one fraught with regrets and mistakes that he must now answer for.  Returning to the small town w near the farm where he grew up, Heck remembers the darkest day of his life – the day he was accused of a heinous crime and had to leave everything behind, including the only woman he ever loved.  Fighting to save his family and his closest friend from death and destitution, his choices led him down a path from which he cold not escape, even in a new life.

A novel of our greatest passions, both past and present, Voices from a Far Field is interwoven with themes of honor, corruption, and the racial tensions of the time period.  A beautifully told tale of love, redemption, and forgiveness, this elegant novel is one that readers will find themselves swept up in until the end, not wanting to miss a word.  Brilliantly written, with a vivid and intriguing voice, Voices from a Far Field is an engaging story that will remind readers of what is truly worth holding onto.

Calvin Bowden

A Texas sharecropper’s son, Calvin Bowden served in the Air Force during WWII, after which he received his B.A. in Sociology and an M.A. in Criminal Corrections.  After working for thirty years with both juvenile and adult offenders, Calvin finally had the opportunity to write Voices from a Far Field, a novel that recollects his early years of struggle and turmoil during the Great Depression, and defines the experiences and events that occurred both to Mr. Bowden and to those around him during those years of desperation.

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