Welcome to Cedar Hole: a mossy, dank town where only the grass seems to possess ambition. Trapped for generations by their lack of initiative, imagination, and optimism, the contentious locals feel bonded only by their distrust of the outside world. The pallor of lackluster Cedar Hole is only magnified by its neighboring community, Palmdale, a comparatively upper crust, gentrified community where the houses are as superior to those of Cedar Hole as the people who live within them.
Into this gloomy world are born two boys, Robert J. Cutler and Francis "Spud" Pinkham. Yet their tie to Cedar Hole is their only commonality as they couldn't be more different. Like Cedar Hole, Francis lacks confidence, vitality or distinction while Robert is a preternaturally wise, courteous boy who effortlessly earns the admiration of those around him. Forced for much of his life to exist in the dark, deeply etched shadow of Robert's accomplishments, Francis struggles against everyone's expectations (including his own) to find his own niche of success and happiness.
A poignant novel about the nature of goodness and the tenuousness of human connection, The Greatest Man in Cedar Hole offers a glimpse into the dreams and potential that resides within all of us and in the heart of every small town. Nuanced and rich in detail, Stephanie Doyon's characters come alive, tug at our hearts, and ask to be let in. The Greatest Man in Cedar Hole is a compassionate journey of inspiring depth that will surprise readers with its energy and truth.