Absence

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Commercial Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

ABSENCE is a mystery, in the deepest sense of the word, about marriage, about fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, and brothers and sisters; all backed into corners and at odds with each other as they struggle with their human nature, and their dependence upon the Nature of Earth. JAMES GREENE, a seasoned peanut farmer, deals with two distinct natures: the Nature of Earth, and his own nature as a man. Coping with either one necessitates choices, some not always virtuous. When a flood, and then a drought, threaten to destroy his farm, James revisits a less than virtuous choice he made in the 1970’s when his beloved wife, Katy, produces a still-born daughter. Absence hinges on the decision James makes to keep Katy from grief, and its treacherous repercussions.James’s family has farmed near the Chattahoochee River for three generations. He is a Vietnam veteran seen by his artist wife, Katy, as strong as steel. His son, William, sees his father as an upright man, almost a king; but James sees himself as a man who will stoop as low as he has to, to get what he wants. And he does just that, while his life as a farmer, and as a man, falls apart.ABSENCE is Hinckley’s ninth book of fiction, and is a William Faulkner/ William Wisdom Competition Finalist, as are several of Hinckley’s other novels. Other Awards include: 2018 Independent Press Award Winner, "The Wind that Shakes the Corn: Memoirs of a Scots Irish Woman;" 2019 Independent Press Award Winner, “The Ghosts of Faithful;” 2019 NYC Big Book Award, “The Ghosts of Faithful;” American Fiction Award Finalist, "The Ghosts of Faithful."

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A Snap of Fate

  A SNAP OF FATE     When he was a young man, James Greene used to say that a peanut plant could fool peop... Read Chapter

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