Clear Heart by Joe Cottonwood

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A love story for men. It's about nail guns, wet concrete, strong women.

In this joyful, down-to-earth novel, Wally and Juke seek clarity and good wood while building a mansion for a dot-com multimillionaire in California. As the dot-com's stock keeps rising, the size of the house - and the owner's ego - keep growing. Wally and Juke may be into something that's over their heads. Meanwhile, Wally and Juke meet women who have remodeling designs of their own - on them. Laying a good foundation, then building plumb and true, what could be more clear? But decisions backfire. Plans change. Ideals are tested. Relationships grow - or need repair. When carpenters work for bigshots - and fall for beautiful women - who gets nailed? Romance, lifelong buddies, coming-of-age, and bedrock values all join in the warm, thoughtful, character-driven storytelling of Clear Heart. From demolishing concrete to racing belt sanders, from love of tools to falling in love, each house is a miracle.

About Joe Cottonwood

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Joe Cottonwood grew up in Maryland and went to college in St. Louis, Missouri. He lives in La Honda, California, where he and his wife built a house and raised three children. After several crappy jobs in the computer industry, he found satisfaction in the building trades where he has worked for 35 years as a carpenter, plumber, and electrician and is now a licensed general contractor. He is the author of FAMOUS POTATOES and other novels for adults. He has also written five novels for children and young adults including the San Puerco Trilogy: BABCOCK, DANNY AIN'T, and THE ADVENTURES OF BOONE BARNABY. For relaxation, he bakes bread.
Published January 5, 2009 by BookSurge. 395 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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