A Sudden Light; Garth Stein
Simon & Schuster
Prologue - The Curse
"Growing up in rural Connecticut, I had been told the name Riddell meant something to people in the Northwest. My paternal great-great- grandfather was someone of significance, my mother explained to me. Elijah Riddell had accumulated tremendous fortune in the timber industry, a fortune that was later lost by those who succeeded him/ My forefathers had literally changed the face of America-- with axes and two-man saws and diesel donkeys to buck the fallen, with mills to pulp the corpses and scatter the ashes, they carved out a place in history for us all. And that place, I was told, was cursed."
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