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Green Forest, Red Earth, Blue Sea

Green Forest, Red Earth, Blue Sea

By Jim GulledgePublisher: Koehler Books PublishingISBN: 979-8888243909Genre: Southern FictionPrice: $19.95
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In Green Forest, Red Earth, Blue Sea, amid the rugged terrain of North Carolina, a small pocket watch bears witness to the loves and losses of three families—the Kellers, Elliotts, and McClures. As the heirloom passes down over a hundred years, questions arise. Can strength and goodness be gifted to one’s heirs? What about corruption and evil? Do the lives of ancestors have any bearing on those who come after them?

From Reconstruction to the modern age, this sweeping family saga speaks to what binds families together and tears them apart. Powers of darkness and light fight for the minds and hearts of every individual. In a land of beauty populated by Scots Irish pioneers, cotton farmers, Native Americans, fishermen, and pirates, Green Forest, Red Earth, Blue Sea is a chronicle of human failings and the power of redemption—and a probing narrative of which is the stronger force.

Jim Gulledge earned an AB in Christian education from Pfeiffer University, an MA in English from Clemson University, and a DMin in theological studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has participated in the Adult Development Institute at Harvard University, the Fulbright German Administrators Exchange Program, and the C. S Lewis Summer Residence program in Oxford, England. Gulledge is the author of A Poor Man’s Supper, a novella included in the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill and the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection at Appalachian State University. A lifelong resident of the Carolinas, Jim and his wife, Linda, enjoy visiting with their four children and son-in-law and daily life with their miniature schnauzer, Luka.


When you marry genuine, compelling characters with a keen sense of time and place, you get Green Forest, Red Earth, Blue Sea. Jim Gulledge is a talented and lyrical storyteller, and he has crafted a ripping good story. You’ll read it and say, ‘Yeah, I know those people.’

Robert Inman, Author of Home Fires Burning and The Governor's Lady

Jim Gulledge’s ode to North Carolina takes the reader on a journey through time and place, from the steep hills around Saluda to the fertile flatlands of the Piedmont and the history-haunted realm of the coast. In Green Forest, Red Earth, Blue Sea, love, loss, and redemption intertwine across generations. Three lightly tethered tales bring forth a breathing, multidimensional past in believable detail and heartbreaking force. These pages are graced with fortunes won and lost, revenge taken, love gained, and even buried treasure. If this book doesn’t stir your love of the Tar Heel state, nothing will.

Culley Holderfield, Author of Hemlock Hollow

Jim Gulledge writes with a smooth lyrical beauty about the land he obviously knows and loves. Immersed in those landscapes are unforgettable characters whose stories are woven together just tightly enough to keep you turning the page. Green forest, Red Earth, Blue Sea does more than describe the geographical settings of his linked stories; the title draws the reader through a sometimes magical journey.

Carter Taylor Seaton. Author of The Other Morgans