New Novella Offers Conservative Fable for Our Time

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When Tolmie State Park’s hard-working chipmunks are accused by the blue jays that their greed is the reason why others starve during the winter, a social revolution occurs among the animals in Arthur Mills’ new novella “The Haves and Have Nots.”

will educate younger readers about work ethic and proper conservation efforts while older readers may well be frightened by its relevance to our own times.

Conservative and liberal politics butt heads over environmentalism and economics in a modern day ant-and-the-grasshopper style fable in Arthur M. Mills Jr.’s “The Haves and Have Nots: A Fable on Inequality” (ISBN 9780986016691, Branching Plot Books, 2013).

Tolmie State Park seems like a paradise for all the birds and woodland animals who reside there with enough fruit, nuts, seeds, and acorns for everyone. But one day, Mitch the chipmunk is surprised when a flock of blue jays takes up residence in the park. At first, they seem friendly, even helping Mitch to escape before Coyote makes him into a snack. But they are not above mocking Mitch and his wife for their hard work preparing for winter.

Then one day the chipmunks discover someone is stealing from their hard-earned stores. Soon, the blue jays engage in persuasive rhetoric, turning the other animals against the chipmunks. Like a surreal version of the French Revolution gone wrong, the hardworking chipmunks are persecuted, left trying to survive, while their former friends lack all common sense. Soon the rash behavior of those around them causes the chipmunks and their persecutors to realize an environmental nightmare has begun for everyone.

“The Haves and Have Nots” is a modern day political, economic, and environmental fable that ties together the deepest concerns of our present day. Written from a conservative viewpoint, the book will educate younger readers about work ethic and proper conservation efforts while older readers may well be frightened by its relevance to our own times.

Mills states that he wrote the book because, “Liberal values are replacing conservative values, thus destroying America’s greatness. If the corrupt nature of liberalism is exposed, maybe, America’s greatness may return.”

About the Author
Arthur M. Mills, Jr. is a full-time husband, father, and Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army. If that isn’t busy enough, he is also a full-time author. Mills is the creator of Branching Plot Books, a book series devoted to the art of double meanings and reader interaction. Branching Plot Books include the award-winning part-memoir and part-fiction novel “The Empty Lot Next Door” and the teen/young adult interactive fiction novel “The Crawl Space,” as well as the modern day fable “The Haves and Have Nots.” Mills and his wife, Yonsun, have two children, Arthur and Allen.

“The Haves and Have Nots: A Fable on Inequality” (ISBN 9780986016691, Branching Plot Books, 2013) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.thehavesandhavenots.com Publicity contact: http://www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.

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