The Gillespie County Fair
by Marc Hess
Pub Date 30 Apr 2019
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The Gillespie County Fair, the oldest fair in Texas, looms insistently over the shoulder of Marc Hess’s new novel. As rampant land development and tourist money begin to transform the old German farming community of Fredericksburg, two intermarried pioneer families lock in a life-and-death struggle over the sale of their homestead. Their vicious feud—in an otherwise harmonious and bucolic community—leads to the demise of two pioneer families and culminates in the triumph of one hard-headed, young girl.
This book delves into the clash of new wealth and ingrained poverty as rural Texas grapples with a changing world. In a short period of time, the town of Fredericksburg has morphed from a rock-rimmed farming community into the chic tourist destination that it is today. While the town itself has blossomed, this is the story about a family that destroys itself.
“This novel resonates with the grit and charm of the town it portrays. With characters as resilient as the rugged limestone cliffs and as complex as underground aquifers, Marc Hess has mastered the historical family saga while personalizing the modern trauma of rural communities being pushed into suburban angst.”
—Tony Burnett, author of Southern Gentlemen and publisher of the Ocotillo Review
“The Gillespie County Fair burns with the secrets of small town living. Marc Hess gives readers an unflinching look at the Texas Hill Country.”
—Christine Granados, award-winning author of Brides and Other Sinners and Fight Like A Man
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