A Fevered Land
List Price: 14.95
Available: April 2014
In ‘A Fevered Land’ a pragmatic ranch owner’s progeny, property and persuasions are transformed when a spiritual healer explores the long-running history of horse illness and death at her farm.
Antebellum slavery, Native American mythos, animism, spirituality, horse fable, family interplay, the role of women as nurturers and a coming-of-age experience all play out when the healer unveils a formidable threat that is on an order of magnitude far beyond what the family has perceived. A vivid ceremony links a Native American spirit guide and an escaped slave girl to reverse the ranch’s misfortune and restore it to a generative state. The ranch family whipsaws between relief and turmoil as this extraordinary undertaking propels each participant to a transformative encounter with their own destiny.
Convincing and evocative, ‘A Fevered Land’ is perhaps best understood as John Steinbeck’s classic story ‘The Red Pony’ meets ‘The Ghost Whisperer.’
Dennis Morrow is a former editor at a major-market newspaper. His freelance work has appeared in a variety of U.S. publications. Born into a devout religious family on the south side of Chicago, he was raised in the tradition of strict moral authority, all the while navigating the ways of the urban street. At age nineteen he enlisted and served four years as a military policeman. After military service, he lived or travelled extensively throughout the United States, picking up bits of college credit and jobs, mostly volunteering with service and community organizations with the intent to better understand the common human condition. Eventually, he settled into a career working for a city newspaper—the first half of his career on the business side of the paper, the second half on the editorial side. He lives outside of Washington, D.C. with his wife, near to his three adult children and three grandchildren.