|About the Book:
Heck Tennel returns after 65 years to small Texas town he fled
when 18, leaving behind a destitute family and a girl he loved.
Found by girl’s aunt, he is urged to return for critical message.
Aunt has died, but message can be found in special place known only
to him and Gloria in l934. Heck reminisces with Negro boyhood
friend, and that night his mind goes back to May, 1934, to recount
details of Saturday night country musicals, butter and egg routes
and conflict between passion and lasting love as he struggles to
support his dysfunctional family and become a country music
recording star. Gloria is that proper girl he wants, but courting
her prompts problems with coarse ex-girlfriend and Gloria’s vicious
aunt who files criminal charges. He flees, as he must avoid
incarceration to support his family. It appears that his dreams to
improve his life are gone forever. In final chapter, Heck receives
messages and gifts he never thought possible, causing him to suspect
that life can be good for bitter old clodhoppers after all.
About the Author:
Calvin Bowden was born July 5, 1924, in Nacogdoches County, TX.
Upon finishing high school and three years of military service, he
received a B.A. degree with major in sociology, later earning masters
in criminal corrections. He worked some 30 years with delinquent and
adult criminal offenders, and has completed 3 other novels, all based
on his own experiences while working with criminal offenders and
officials of our system of criminal justice. Married 57 years, father
of four. He has written a newspaper column for over 10 years.