Author: Chuck Redman
Narrator: Michael Butler Murray
Length: 6 hours and 12 minutes
Publisher: Chuck Redman
Released: Mar. 5, 2019
Genre: Historical Fiction
Nebraska: not just a place on a map. It has a heart, and it has a voice. It has a then. It has a now. Several centuries ago, a young Sioux woman called Lark rebels against her people's traditions and crosses the plains to save her adopted sister from a bad marriage proposal and return the girl to the Pawnee village from which she was abducted in childhood. At the end of her journey, Lark finds herself the center of a mysterious Pawnee ritual that undermines her plan as well as her confidence. In this century, Janet Hinderson runs a small-town newspaper and crusades against a proposed meatpacking plant that will destroy the fabric of the town, along with its landmark stand of cottonwoods. But Janet's hard and soft sides must grapple when the meat company's general counsel comes to town and reveals some cryptic interest in her. These are not two stories. They are connected, told and wound into one - each exploring social issues and themes that are vital and timeless.
Chuck Redman was born and raised in small-town Nebraska, a place that still gives him chills even though the scenery is less dramatic than the goosebumps on his arm. But he eventually rambled east for undergrad at Michigan and law school at NYU. Then he marched west to practice criminal and immigration law in Los Angeles for 40 years. In his spare time, he wrote a little. He’s retired now, freeing him to enjoy his wife, his kids, his reading, his writing, his worrying about the future of the planet. His novel A Cottonwood Stand, set in Nebraska, takes a satirical look at the way our nation has chosen to evolve, in terms of values. Mr. Redman’s daughter, a musician and artist, created a beautiful needlepoint of the story’s “legendary” cottonwood, and his son, a musician and community activist, adapted the needlepoint for the book cover. His short fiction or humor have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Lowestoft Chronicle, Hemlock Journal, Jewish Literary Journal, and The Jewish Magazine.
A Cottonwood Stand: A Novel of Nebraska is one of my favorite books I have read this year so far. Mr Redman’s writing and Mr Murray’s voice are a perfect combination. I highly recommend this book for all readers. It is not one to be missed.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Chuck Redman. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Q&A with Author Chuck Redman
- How did you select your narrator?
- How closely did you work with your narrator before and during the recording process? Did you give them any pronunciation tips or special insight into the characters?
- Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing?
- What's your favorite:
- Song: Stranger in Paradise
- Book: A Tale of Two Cities
- Television show: All in the Family
- Movie: (that’s a tough one) Doctor Zhivago
- Band: My son and daughter are in bands: Cave Babies, SOAR, and Coherence. Check them out!
- What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
- What’s next for you?
- Please list a couple books that have been published by other authors that are similar to yours in style and substance (for instance, “if you liked that book, you’ll like my book.”).
- What are some of the criticisms that your book might receive?
- Anything additional you want to share?
Author Chuck Redman's Picks for A Cottonwood StandNarrator: Michael Butler Murray! Janet: Diane Lane Steve: Russell Crowe Lark: Jennifer Lopez Red Moon: Lin-Manuel Miranda Left Hand: Benicio Del Toro Scout: Rando the Wonder Dog
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