One For The Road by David J Mather

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Tom Young wants to make a difference in the world. He joins the Peace Corps and is sent to an impoverished farm community in remote southern Chile where a reforestation project is the campesinos’ only hope for a better future.

Tom finds himself in a breathtakingly beautiful land from a bygone era. Horses and oxen provide transportation, light is from kerosene lamps, and water is fetched with buckets from springs. He is drawn to the closeness of Chilean family life, and desperately wants to fit in as he struggles with the language and customs. Fighting depression and loneliness, he slowly adapts, but is shocked when brutal acts of violence rock the community.

Tom’s bonds are truly forged with this forgotten world when he embarks on the seemingly impossible task of building a new road into the campo. What he doesn’t anticipate is the relationship that develops with a beautiful young woman, a relationship that will provide the key to Tom’s heartwarming – and heartbreaking – acceptance into the community.
 

About David J Mather

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David Mather grew up in Sarasota, Florida, before attending school in New England where he graduated from Deerfield Academy ('64) and Bowdoin College ('68). He then served in southern Chile with the Peace Corps from 1968-70. He was the most isolated volunteer in his program, and the two years in the Peace Corps strongly influenced him. Upon his return, he bought land in Lyme, N.H., and built a cabin in the woods. He has lived off-grid for over forty years. Self-educated in forestry, he founded a successful specialty lumber business that sold rare and domestic woods nationwide. He has traveled extensively, especially throughout Latin America, and returned twice to Chile to do research for his book. He and his wife now split their time between Lyme and a small fishing village on Florida's gulf coast. One For The Road is his first novel.
 
Published September 30, 2011 by Peace Corps Writers. 413 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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