Payson Heights has been selected as a finalist for the 2007 Allbooks Review Editor's Choice award for fiction.
When a migrant worker and his wife yearn to provide their children with a better life in America, they do all they can to make it work. Unfortunately, there is a horrific fire resulting in the heart wrenching deaths of three little girls, which throws a suburban community into a huge controversy.
Cover-ups, escalating feuds, affairs and a confession to a minister add to the turmoil and more ruined lives.
The truth has a way of being found out and the story ends with a surprising, deadly climax after many closet skeletons are released.
The author, Joseph A. Wellman's writing is intriguing and concise. He has taken on real life controversies and clearly written of stigmas and prejudices in regards to immigrant and trailer people, as well as the power of the church to some people.
I found Payson Heights to be written with considerable skill and this reader can find no fault as he tastefully relays his story. I would highly recommend reading it.
Cheryl Ellis, Allbooks.