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Ronald Lee Geigle author of "The Woods" grew up in the Pacific Northwest is my guest . He was born in Monroe, Washington, and attended Meadowdale Senior High School. After graduating from the University of Washington, he headed for Washington, DC, where he has spent the past 30+ years as a speechwriter, congressional aide, and public relations consultant. He worked for Washington State Senator Warren Magnuson and US Representative Norm Dicks, and founded the public relations firm Polidais.
The Woods is set in the turbulent world of labor unrest and big-timber logging in the Pacific Northwest during the late 1930s. It draws on the Northwest’s rich strain of political and economic history -- especially union activism -- to tell a story of love, grand dreams, and transformation as the region, and America, emerges from the Depression. The Woods tells a story of corporate greed and intrigue as Northwest timber and shipping barons vie for financial domination; it tells a story of political infighting, and fighting in the streets, as unions battle one another for control of the woods.
Kirkus Reviews, in February, called it a “high-drama” story that would interest readers of both historical fiction and political thrillers. A popular book blog recently said: “The Woods is an amazing book—a sweeping examination of an era, an industry, and the political forces. ” http://disappearinginplainsight.com/2014/03/15/the-woods-by-ron-geigle-location-location-locationspecial-feature/
Geigle won fiction writing awards from the National Press Club in Washington, DC, in 1997 and 1998 for two chapters from his novel.
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