Paradise Falls Author:Don Robertson Paradise Falls is an epic chronicle of America - as overwhelming and teeming with vitality as the nation itself. Written in the tradition of Raintree County, this giant novel encompasses thirty-five years in the life of the small Ohio town of Paradise Falls, from the end of the Civil War to the tumultuous opening of the twentieth century. — In th... more »is novel, Don Robertson re-creates an entire era of American history, an era that saw the stormy end of the profiteer robber baron and the emergence of the United States as an industrial goliath. But it is first and foremost a human and engrossing story for every palate, overflowing with dramatic scenes and memorable characters.
Paradise Falls is donminated by the figure of C.P. Wells, the ultimate laissezfaire pragmatist, a man who concerns himself only with the possible. To him, reality is truth, and the devil take eternity. Other notable figures the reader will meet among the novel's cast are Irene Hollingshead, the madam who moved her "house" to Paradise Falls to cash in on the miner trade-on the instructions of C.P. Wells; Ike Underwood, the town's grand old man, bank owner and newspaper publisher, who saw "his" town taken away from him and his only son die broken and defeated; Courtney Jessupp, the Epis copalian minister who had a dream and saw it realized; Edna Vance, the church organist whose love for the new minister drove her to break through the neurotic repressions of a lifetime. And there are many others: living, vital players in one of the most dramatic novels to appear in a decade, characters whose lives and destinies Don Robertson weaves into an American legend that readers will find absorbing and unforgettable.« less