*WINNER of the 2015 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE BOOK AWARD for Literary Fiction.
*WINNER of the GOLD MEDAL in the 2015 READER’S FAVORITE AWARDS in the General Fiction category.
Author: Thomas Whaley
Number of Pages: 203
Synopsis: "Saying that Benjamin Sean Quinn had “anger issues” was an understatement. For those who knew him for the shortest amount of time, his life was in order: He was physically fit, had a great job which provided him a house in the suburbs and the material things he desired, a loving, monogamous relationship, two happy, healthy daughters and an established circle of friends. In all accounts, his life seemed perfect. But to those who knew him the longest, they knew he was an idle grenade, waiting for someone to pull the pin.
For decades, Ben did his best to conquer his demons; to suppress the anger he accumulated towards his parents, Carmella and Sean, throughout their tumultuous marriage. Ben was their only child; forced to witness and experience things that most adults couldn’t even try to handle. He could not escape them or the anger, and no matter how hard he tried, as he matured, it became a part of him. Ben strived to end the toxic cycle and avoid adopting their pattern as part of his own life. By the time he reached his early thirties, he finally seemed to have it all under control.
Then Ben’s father told him a “secret”. One left in Montana when he and Carmella were stationed there forty years earlier. It would exhume the painful memories and suppressed anger that Ben had been avoiding for years and force him to relive his past in order to face his future.
Today Benjamin Sean Quinn boards a plane to Billings, Montana. It was time to face the secret head on and let go of the anger that silently ruled his life. It would be the boldest move he ever made, ultimately changing his life and the lives of those around him."
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About the Author
Leaving Montana is Thomas Whaley's first novel and the proud winner of the prestigious 2015 ERIC HOFFER Small Press Award, the 2015 INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARD for Best New Literary Fiction, the 2015 Outstanding First Novel Award from Independent Author Network (IAN) and is also the THIRD PLACE winner of the 2015 IAN Book of the Year Awards!
Check out Thomas Whaley's inspirational story on NPR's year long profile of 50 Great Teachers, aired on All Things Considered!