By Fred Burwell’86
Acorn Whistle Press
“Early this morning I spotted a two hundred pound rooster stalking the downtown sidewalks of Prairie Hill, waving at passing cars and anyone crazy enough to be out in a drenching rain.” So reads the opening sentence of Fred Burwell’s first novel, signaling that readers can expect humor and imaginative detail in this story about a small Wisconsin city and its residents.
Prairie Hill is a character study, mainly of two young people who meet in the eponymous city in the 1980s. The story explores themes of redemption and love against a backdrop of minor league baseball, the freedom and confinement of a small Midwestern town, and inevitable change, marked by a threatened tall-grass prairie and a soon-to-be-abandoned historic baseball stadium.
Prairie Hill is available exclusively as an eBook and sold through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.