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Book Review: Cornfield Madness

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Author Explores Psychological Impact of Rural Life on Families

by Marshall Cole

[Palm Harbor, Florida – 15 Nov 2013] An emerging holiday tradition has appeared where families travel to a local farm, purchase a pumpkin or jar of jelly, and spend a cloudy afternoon or moonlit evening wandering through a maze carved out by a farmer in an unharvested cornfield. But what is new to some has been a part of our country’s landscape for centuries from Indian times to the present. Yet these cornfields, neighboring barns and farmhouses are slowly vanishing as are the stories of their occupants’ inner struggles with Mother Nature and Human Nature.

The Farmhouse, written by Eugene “Marshall” Cole and published by FriesenPress, is a retrospective fictional accounting of a young man, his family farm and the consequences of abandoning the homestead for a future of his own. Surrounded on all sides by painful and difficult choices, the escape into the ominous cornfields of his childhood is both poignant and metaphorical. Cole paints a stark yet beautiful picture of isolated rural America. The narrator’s journey into the secret struggles of family relationships is one any reader facing inner demons and suffering loss can relate to.

The Farmhouse is available for order from FriesenPress.com/bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and most major book retailers. The eBook is available to order from iTunes, Nook and the Kindle bookstore. More info at www.MarshallColeFlorida.com

About the Author:
Eugene “Marshall” Cole was raised on a dairy farm, active in 4-H and the church, and possesses a love for literature. He was honored as a 4-H All-Star and selected to attend the National 4-H Congress and the Northeastern Agriculture Conference. After attending college for engineering studies, though graduating in English literature, he returned to farming, then worked as a NASA contractor engineer on several shuttle and satellite missions, and a payload for the International Space Station, earning an honoree trip to Kennedy Space Flight Center. Married with two children, this is his first fiction novel.
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