Tears to Water the Garden, by James Werning
It’s The Grapes of Wrath all over again, except the tables have turned. The Okies are no longer the oppressed but the oppressors, until Tom Joad IV is framed by a friend, leaving him ruined and running from the law. Seeking a tropical sanctuary, he heads for Central America, finding instead a desperate struggle for survival beside the woman he’s spent fifteen years avoiding. In a twist of fate, Tom discovers new purpose among a band of misfits on a perilous journey north through lush rainforests and bleak deserts, on the back of La Bestia, the Train of Death. Eventually, his quest leads back to the best home he never wanted . . . in the hidden heart of America.
Copyright 2018, James Werning
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