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A twisting, emotional exploration of a family torn apart in pursuit of a pretense and brought together again in the most unexpected way.
Valerie Fairfield is 13 when she decides to become someone else. By the time she realizes it is a mistake, she is 58. And dead.
When Valerie dies suddenly one Saturday afternoon, she finds herself trapped in her past until she can confront the tragedies she set in motion with her decision so long ago.
Her sensitive son is drifting through life convinced he has no value. Her beautiful daughter is miserable even as she prepares to marry a wealthy and handsome man in the society wedding of the year. Business problems, a tragic accident, personal losses and political scandal drive the family into deeper dysfunction as Valerie fights to protect the family image. Her children struggle to prevent their own identities from being sacrificed as they are being made into the children Valerie really wanted.
There is gritty reality lurking beneath the polished image of the family Valerie has created, but she refuses to acknowledge the pattern of destruction that has followed her since middle school.
Insight, imagination, and humor combine to create this deeply engaging novel about social class envy, peer pressure, individual differences and the outside influences that tear at family ties in our contemporary society.
Slowly Valerie realizes the tragedies her family endured were because of the misguided decision she made so many years before, and she begins to feel regrets. It isn’t until she looks down on her funeral, which is filled with devastating family revelations, that she finally understands that her perfect life is just a legacy of mistakes. But is it too late for forgiveness?
A boss with a stage for case of greed and ego. People eager to crowd into his circle. But can anyone survive there?
Scarred from growing up in a small town where the children from a clique of wealthy families were always favored, Alan Dravel begins a vengeful search for his own wealth and power. He barges into the technology boom of 1980’s corporate America with an idea. He unleashes his greed and ego in a self-serving climb to success which turns destructive.
With a handsome face, a quick mind and a lack of ethical or moral considerations to restrain him, Alan drags a Kansas farm family, a country church and associates of a high-flying corporation together in his widening web of failures – all while being honored as one of the country’s top business leaders.
Those caught in the slipstream of Alan’s wild ride to power struggle to hang on for the rewards they believe association with Alan can provide. Power and ego prevail as Alan orchestrates the most unimaginable twists and turns to entangle his victims and save himself. Those who survive find justice in the last place they think to look.
Life in a Peacock Nest is a captivating novel that probes the strength and weakness of the human spirit. It is a story about the nature of people, with characters so memorable you won’t want to let them go.
"I loved this book! It runs you through so many twists and turns and emotional highs and lows that you feel you are living it. Fascinating characters so real they drag you into their troubles. In the end you will feel empowered. See more reviews on Amazon.
The Bookshelf is a special feature of the HBS Author's Spotlight. It is designed to highlight outstanding novels and short stories. Peacock was featured on the list of six outstanding authors and their First Books.