Gary and Susan Hazen—high school sweethearts married for many years, born and bred in the Adirondack community of Lost Lake—live a simple and honest life and have instilled values in their two grown sons by example. But despite their efforts, Gary senses that his sons are starting to pull away and can’t help but feel he is at fault. His younger son, Kevin, has ambitions that extend far beyond the snowy edges of their small town. And his elder, Gary David, so fears disappointing his father that he is keeping an important part of his life secret.
The Grace That Keeps This World is a story about family, community, and the shared values that underlie and sustain human relationships. And ultimately, it is a tale of profound loss, human fallibility, and the love—romantic, neighborly, or familial—that can sometimes blur our line of vision.
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Includes a new essay by the author and a preview chapter of his forthcoming novel, Cotton Song.
About the Author
Tom Bailey works as an editor for Seacoast Publishing and has published more than fifteen titles, ranging from an Air Force training manual to Gulf vacation guides. In the past, Bailey has worked as a writer and editor for several magazines and newspapers. He received a BS in business administration from Jacksonville State University and has earned numerous awards from organizations such as The Associated Press and Sigma Delta Chi. He is an active member of the Alabama Historical Association and the Social Studies Council of Alabama. An avid scuba diver and deep sea fisherman, Bailey lives in Hoover, Alabama, with his wife.
“Acompelling first novel about love and rivalry in the adirondacks builds toward a shattering conclusion.” —People
“Like some modern-day version of a Greek tragedy . . . a chorus of narrators . . . moves this story . . . slowly and beautifully [toward] an indelible disaster. . . . This is, after all, a story about a man forced to expand his moral imagination, and in the end it inspires the same sympathy from us.” —Washington Post Book World
“A beautifully drawn, tragic novel about fathers and sons—and the bonds of community.” —Atlanta Journal Constitution