Calmuet, OK (Vocus/PRWEB) March 27, 2011
From a prolific writer-author who charmed readers with her several published poetry anthologies, newspaper columns, magazine articles, plays, short story collections, and novels comes a new publication. In Wheat: White Castles on the Plains, author Dorothea Condry-Paulk weaves a historical, romantic family saga that spans five generations. It portrays heroes, heroines and renegades; reveals manipulative political and economic practices; shares the passions of the people that live in touch with the land and nature; and celebrates the endurance and tenacity, the self-reliance and faith of farm families.
Upton Rush is a seventeen-year-old lad in Ohio in 1889, when the state is devastated by a destructive blizzard. He reads the exciting news about outlaws, open lands and opportunity in Indian Territory and dreams of his own wheat and cattle ranch there. So Upton begins his adventure: He starts out on his pony, Horse, for the land run in what will be the state of Oklahoma. He meets questionable riders en route and faces challenges and hunger before arriving at the eastern area of the territory which lay surrounded by rivers, woods and hills. Enticed by the pristine beauty and obvious bounty of fish, wild life and berries for food, he stops here to build his home, bam, and fences. He thrives and feels he has arrived at a haven when he meets Letti Pearl, a raven-haired beauty who was orphaned as a child, has a brother named Corey, and is familiar with the legendary outlaws and lawlessness of these hills. They marry, welcome the Daltons and Starrs into their home, survive renegade cowboy attacks and personal tragedies to see their son Harlin leave for central Oklahoma and fulfill Upton’s first dream of having a wheat and cattle ranch. Their daughter, Mary-Mary, becomes a conservationist – a forerunner of other green-revolution proponents.
When Upton dies of a massive heart attack, Letti joins Harlin in Canadian County, Oklahoma. But their story doesn’t end there; readers will continue immersing themselves in the loves and lives of Upton’s descendants: his son Harlin, Harlin’s son Gavin, Gavin’s children Mia and Brett, through different periods in history and various states. For more information on this book, interested parties may log on to http://www.Xlibris.com.
About the Author
Dorothea Condry-Paulk began publishing in the late sixties when she was completing a BA in Education and Psychology. She wrote a column for the El Reno, Oklahoma Daily Tribune’s Calumet, Oklahoma section on education. She published an occasional poem in a little magazine or newspaper. She was teaching at the time, mostly English and literature. Then, in 1974, when she was completing an MA in the Creative Arts in English, she began publishing personality profile articles, again for little magazines and newspapers, which included Orbit Magazine the Sunday Oklahoman published at that time. Pueblo Press of Yukon, Oklahoma, published her play, Firebird of Unlimited Happiness, in 1980; and Samisdat Press in Vermont published three poetry chapbooks and her first short story in the early 1980s. She had previously self-published two other poetry books of about twenty-five poems each. The novel, The Scarab, was her master’s thesis, but she altered much of it (besides reducing the page count by approximately 200 pages) and published it as Courtesy of Andrew Carnegie with Xlibris Corporation. Prior to that novel, Xlibris published For They so Love the World, a suspense novel about submarine sabotage in the ‘60s in the North Atlantic. These novels were published in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, she self-published The American Dress, a short-story collection, and The Groom Danced for His Bride, a poetry collection of over two hundred poems. Wheat is her third novel. Until 2003, when she retired from careers in language arts teaching and in nursing as a Med-surge RN, she had limited time for her writing. Since retirement, she has had more time for publication and hopes to continue it for many years. Her current project is a children’s book of stories and poems called More.
Wheat * by Dorothea Condry-Paulk
White Castles on the Plains
Publication Date: March 18, 2011
Trade Paperback; $23.99; 425 pages; 978-1-4568-5658-8
Trade Hardback; $34.99; 425 pages; 978-1-4568-5659-5
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4568-5660-1
Members of the media who wish to review this book may request a complimentary paperback copy by contacting the publisher at (888) 795-4274 x. 7879. To purchase copies of the book for resale, please fax Xlibris at (610) 915-0294 or call (888) 795-4274 x. 7879.
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