Ron Rozelle, author of Into That Good Night and The Windows of Heaven, focuses again on his unique brand of characters and situations in a new novel set in modern-day Ohio. Sam, a reclusive underachiever with a long track record of failed marriages and aspirations, must face, in one short spurt of time, the imminent prospects of middle age, professional outplacement, and unwanted responsibilities toward both his father and his son, two men whom he has spent long and careful effort to distance himself from. A Place Apart is at once witty and wry and beautiful, filled with vivid description and sharp dialogue. It hits solidly on dilemmas faced daily by many people in many places by telling a compelling story of one man in one place. It is a finely honed novel that will continue to sing a haunting, recognizable song long after the reader has finished the last page.
RON ROZELLE is currently teaching creative writing in the Brazosport School District. Recipient of Image magazine's Artistic Merit Award, Rozelle lives in Lake Jackson, Texas, with his wife, Karen, and their daughters. The Windows of Heaven, Rozelle's historical novel set during the Galveston hurricane of 1900, was released by Texas Review Press in 2000, as was the paperback version of his memoir Into That Good Night, which was a PEN American West Creative Nonfiction Prize finalist and a Texas Institute of Letters Carr P. Collins Nonfiction Award finalist.