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One family's battle detonates long buried secrets in a small Texas town.

The Gillespie County Fair

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The Gentrification of Rural Texas

The Gillespie County Fair, the oldest fair in Texas, looms insistently over the shoulder of Marc Hess's new novel. As rampant land development and tourist money begin to transform the old German farming community of Fredericksburg, two intermarried pioneer families lock in a life-and-death struggle over the sale of their homestead. Their vicious feud—in an otherwise harmonious and bucolic community—leads to the demise of two pioneer families and culminates in the triumph of one hard-headed, young girl.

This book delves into the clash of new wealth and ingrained poverty as rural Texas grapples with a changing world. In a short period of time, the town of Fredericksburg has morphed from a rock-rimmed farming community into the chic tourist destination that it is today. While the town itself has blossomed, this is the story about a family that destroys itself.

Estimated Ship Date for Winners: March 29, 2019


Marc Hess

Marc Hess has lived in Fredericksburg long enough to see the venerable and rock-rimmed German farming community morph into the chic, new-age tourist destination that it is today. Steeped in a career of magazine publishing and travel writing, Marc is the founding publisher of The Insider’s Guide To The Texas Hills and has raised his family among the Germans who cling tightly to the beauty of their heritage. Marc currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Writer’s League of Texas.

Book Details

Publisher Greenleaf Book Group
Genre General Fiction
Publication Date Apr 30 2019
ISBN 9781626346048


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