I want to recommend a recently released novel, “Four Miles West of Burden’s”, by my brother and frequent collaborator Dick Young (see “There’s a Train.”) The story is set in the mountains of western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. It is available from Amazon. (Add more details?) An autographed copy can be had by contacting the author directly at ryluthier [at] bellsouth [dot] net. ~ Phil Young
A cotton mill in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a strange place for even one young man’s dreams to find fertile soil, never mind two, but that’s exactly what happens to Goober Green and Will Parker.
Despite their strong friendship, Will and Goober realize they have completely opposite goals in life. Goober, a laughingstock in his mountain home of Avery Cove, loves the fast-paced city life. Will, in contrast, envies Goober’s family farm, which is currently lying fallow as the young mountain man tries to make it in Charlotte.
The solution seems obvious, so Will travels with Goober back to Avery Cove to see the farm. If he likes it, the two men agree they’ll exchange homes. It’s an inventive idea and one that quickly catches the attention of Avery Cove’s eccentric and inquisitive residents. And everything looks great until an ornery bear threatens to bring both men’s dreams crashing down.