Fourth of July Creek A Novel Author:Smith Henderson In this shattering and iconic American novel, PEN prize-winning writer, Smith Henderson explores the complexities of freedom, community, grace, suspicion and anarchy, brilliantly depicting our nation's disquieting and violent contradictions. After trying to help Benjamin Pearl, an undernourished, nearly feral eleven-year-old boy living in the Mo... more »ntana wilderness, social worker Pete Snow comes face to face with the boy's profoundly disturbed father, Jeremiah. With courage and caution, Pete slowly earns a measure of trust from this paranoid survivalist itching for a final conflict that will signal the coming End Times.But as Pete's own family spins out of control, Pearl's activities spark the full-blown interest of the F.B.I., putting Pete at the center of a massive manhunt from which no one will emerge unscathed.« less
It's not often that one can describe a book as social work fiction, but that is what this book is. This book is also highly recommended for those with or without a BSW/MSW. It is the story of Pete Snow, a social worker working solo out of Tenmile, Montana and his fractured family and his attempts to make everything right for both his clients and his family. I was originally going to give this book four stars but then the ending happened and it was just right. A truly good read.