There is a sudden push to write books set in the late 50’s and early 60’s. They are gentle books telling of a generation who has survived one war, has watched their country fight another and knows they are on the cusp of fighting a third in 20 years. The greatest generation is now married, finding work and living their lives. But of course not everything is perfect.
Eden Hill by Bill Higgs (yes he is married to Liz Curtis Higgs) is one of those such books. Set in a sleepy little town in Kentucky it has the feel and sound of Mayberry. Everyone knows everyone and their business. It’s a little town where nothing ever changes and that is a good life.
Virgil Osgood runs the local service station. He has done it since taking over for his father after returning from WWII. Virgil loves his life. His wife takes good care of him even if she does cook some strange dishes every once in awhile. His son Virgil the third is a good kid, even if he once in awhile gets in trouble. He walks to work every day except Sunday and provides a good life.