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By Author George Gurley & Illustrator Louis Copt
“The cut worm forgives the plow.” (William Blake)
“From now on, prayers and penance shall be my plow…” (Piers the Ploughman)
A gripping read that sucks you in and leaves you wanting more, The Griefmaker is the story of two high-school rivals and hunting buddies, Henry Tenbrook and Everett Pillars. They find themselves on opposite sides of a barbed wire fence when one decides to clear cut and develop the others’ prized family homestead. Gurley lays bare a boiling feud pitting preservationist against developer, working man against moneyed power, and old values against new desires. The Griefmaker digs at the edges of our social unrest, turns over new ground in unearthing what motivates people to greed, and what motivates others to love.
The rolling fields of Kansas are the backdrop of this epic tale of rivalry, unrequited love, betrayal, and personal metamorphosis. Tenbrook and Pillars played football together in their youth, as they enter middle-age they now play a subtle game of chicken, gambling with the women they desire, the land they both cherish, and the mob. Developing the virgin soil is not the only unsustainable action they’re compelled to engage in, there’s also coveting your rival’s possessions.
Spanning forty years, it’s the story of turbulent Henry Tenbrook and his struggle to control the legacy of an extraordinary family—the 100 hectare property of his grandfather. The land is more than a wild-life sanctuary, it is also the sanctuary of the soul. Filled with the haunting beauty and wide, brimless skies of Kansas, as well as the gritty pomp of the Caribbean, The Griefmaker lays bare the American struggle for progress and tradition. A story of love, death, and perhaps atonement.