Neil (aka C.N.) Hetzner is married, has two children, and lives a mile from the edge of the continent in Rhode Island. Since his inauspicious birth in Indiana in 1948 he has worked as a cook, millwright, newspaper columnist, business professor, vacuumist, printer’s assistant, landscaper, railroader, caterer, factory worker, consulting editor, and, currently, real estate agent.
In addition to working, which he likes a lot, and writing, which he likes even more, he enjoys reading, weaving, cooking, and intrepidly screwing up house repairs.
His writing runs the gamut from young adult futurism to stories about the intricacies of families; however, if there is a theme that links his writing, it is the complicated and miraculous mathematics of mercy.
on Feb. 02, 2013 :
“The Ant Farm” is a quirky, engaging and very well-observed tragi-comic novel about statistics in the poultry industry and knitting. Hmmm, I sense that I may not be doing the book any favours with the second half of that sentence. OK, let’s try again: this tale of a high-powered sales exec who struggles to adapt to retirement and the demands of looking after his grand-daughter reminded me a little of the George Clooney film “Up in the Air” – both feature a self-centred protagonist whose identity is closely bound up with his work and both have a similar line in wry, humorous observation. But that’s largely where the parallels end, because ultimately “The Ant Farm” ends up exploring much darker territory – and as the previous reviewer has noted, the ending gives us all a very un-Hollywood dose of reality.
For a longer review, see: http://www.paulsamael.com/blog/the-ant-farm
(review of free book)
on Aug. 10, 2012 :
Realistic, Enlightening, reassuring, elbow-in-the-ribs, and even slap-upside-the-head are thoughts that come to mind - as in "Life is what happens while you are making other plans..."
"I can relate" to so much of this story. The characters are oh so very real, I think I have known them all, and maybe even BEEN some of them.
Well done! I highly recommed this book - even if it did leave me feeling a bit deflated with reality at the end.....
(review of free book)