Twelve stories, interrelated by time, characters, events, and themes and set in a rural community in Vermont.
This print edition of Round Mountain is published by the Concord Free Press, in partnership with the Eastman Kodak Company, manufacturers of the Prosper series of digital book press equipment used to produce the books. It is distributed free of charge in the hope of stimulating charitable contributions, including contributions aiding recovery from damages in the State of Vermont consequent on the calamitous Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011.
Central to the stories is the unlikely friendship of Homer Patch, handyman, sometime town constable, sometime deputy sheriff, and Clayton Makepeace, a figure from the larger world whose connection to the place, and to Homer, dates back to their youth and who is now in declining health and retired to the town. Through exploring the relationship of these two men and the interplay of other characters with and around them, the stories give the reader a complex and sympathetic understanding of the principals, their lives, and their setting.