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A father, a son, and a river at the edge of the land

My father-son memoir The Sourtoe Cocktail Club, about our Yukon odyssey to the literal edge of the Earth to find a cocktail containing a mummified human toe, was published in 2011. It is a deep—and often funny—contemplation about whether I was still relevant to my teenage son after a divorce. On Father’s Day, eleven years later, it seems appropriate to contemplate it again.

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Something novel

Unable to go out into the world during Covid, I turned inward. How could I use what I’ve learned in decades of true storytelling and journalism? How can I still write a provocative book without leaving the safety of my home and imagination? The answers changed the arc of my writing.

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People ask me, "What's the meaning of the water tower that appears everywhere in the background of your life?" (Such as our garden shed below...) In 1998, after 37 rejections, a feisty start-up publisher in Alabama released my first novel. "Angel Fire" was a story about two brothers' necessary relationship and the wounds of war. Nobody expected it to be picked up by a major publisher, become a USAToday bestseller, earn a couple glances from Hollywood, and to be listed by the San Francisco Chronicle among the "100 Best Novels of the 20th Century West." So "Angel Fire" is the cornerstone of my book careeer—last March, "ShadowMan" was Book No. 18—and the water tower is a sentimental symbol of what blessings flowed from that book.https://amazon.com/Angel-Fire-Ron-Franscell-ebook/dp/… ... See MoreSee Less
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Author Ron Franscell
Yesterday, we bottled our 2021 wine! The first 50 bottles will launch our Three-Acre Wood series, which will feature a literary label every year. The inaugural label celebrates my first novel, "Angel Fire," a USA Today bestseller listed by the San Francisco Chronicle among the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century West. It will turn 25 next year. You can't buy our "house wine," but you can read "Angel Fire" and see where much of these labels' sentiment comes from! ... See MoreSee Less
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Author Ron Franscell
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