David Lee Cooper was born and raised in Oregon. He graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 1998, Magna Cum Laude with four degrees. Writing short stories his whole life, this book is his first work of this size.
He studies the human condition around him. Drawing from this wellspring of pain, love, and joy, he experiences and absorbs the stories of everyone he meets. With this pail of water from our human stream, he has distilled a book for everyone.
This is the story of family trees. The book weaves together the tangle of branches that hold the characters in their grasp. The turbulent times of the Great Depression, WWII, and the social change of the 1960s serve merely as the backdrop to these peoples' lives. The reader meets James at pivotal points in his life. We begin by watching the relationship he has with his son. Then we veer back to James's father and how they live. There are decisions made, and great strengths and weaknesses are within each character. The women are complex and are the nails that hold the framework of these characters' lives.
The characters deal with life head on and try to engage the better parts of their nature to navigate the waters of life. Like a grand poker game, the stakes are high and the players are serious. Some characters grow beyond themselves, while others halt and falter along the way. When the hands are shown and the money is paid, sometimes it comes down to how many aces are in the wind.