Valerie Banfield is such a prolific author, recently of novels about her new home state of West Virginia, that in between writing with West Virginia native, Sue Copeland, she cannot resist penning her own single-author books. This novel starts in 1933 when Percy Bigler feels forced to leave his home in Elizabeth, West Virginia, to join the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). He’s the kind of person that the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration created the CCC for – a hard-working man who can find no opportunities at home. But his CCC work takes him two thousand miles away from home, and his homesickness only increases as he learns more and more bad news from home.
Scotts Valley, California: CreateSpace, 2019. 323 pages. Trade paperback,