The Hurricane Years Author:Cameron Hawley The Hurricane Years is a gripping novel, at once a powerful story, artfully told, and a thought-provoking revelation of the strains and tensions induced by society that is driving more and more of us to become runners blindly pursuing pointless goals--until we suddenly stumble into some eye-opening personal crisis. — Judd Wilder is such a man. A... more » successful corporation executive in his mid-forties--the "hurricane years" that give this novel its title--he is abruptly struck down by a heart attack. Prodded by Aaron Kharr, a doctor whose research has convinced him that mounting stress is often the root cause of under-fifty heart attacks, Judd is impelled to appraise himself as he has never done before, to search his past for the cause of his attack, to find a clearer and safer path to a more satisfying future.
As we explore Judd Wilder's situation, we quickly find that everyone around his is no less a person under stress, and that a heart attack is but one of the many manifestations of the emotional storms that build to destructive force during the hurricane years. In the offices of the Crouch Carpet Company we come to know other men caught up by the powerful forces that are currently changing the whole nature of corporate life, each reacting in his own special way to his own special vulnerabilities.
Judd's wife, Kay, is on a ship bound for Europe, an impulsive escape from a marriage that has become little more than meaningless cohabitation, no less a response to stress than her husband's heart attack. We find the same varied responses among Kay's shipboard acquaintances, among the doctors and nurses at Judd's hospital. Even Dr. Kharr is not immune to the strains and tensions that he understands so well.
The reader who has felt that many modern novels have too little direct pertinence to his own life, will find 'The Hurricane Years' a welcome return to the bedrock relationships of real people facing real problems in a real world. As such, it is Cameron Hawley's best and most significant book.
Cameron Hawley is the author of three earlier novels--'Executive Suite', 'Cash McCall,' and 'The Lincoln Lords.' All were both critical and popular successes not only in the United States but around the world where thy have been translated into fourteen languages. Mr. Hawley and his wife live on a farm in Lancaster County. Pennsylvania.« less