The Beech Tree, published in 2016, was voted #1 on Goodreads' Listopia's "2016's Best Summer Reads" and reach #4 on Goodreads' listed "Must Reads of 2016."
"Touching. Tragic. Triumphant.
If you read one book this year, make it this one. Phelan creates a cadre of quirky characters who, despite low expectations of them, rise to the challenges they face in consistently unexpected ways. The Beech Tree stands witness to these players in life's theater and we invited to be the audience. You will laugh, you will cry, you will stand up and cheer!" -- Terri A.
Definitely five stars. I'd give ten if that were an option. The characters were so real, I could see myself in each of them. The trains, the places, the philosophy, and the tree, were so poignant. I cried, laughed, and cried again. A truly excellent book. This is the kind of book that makes you better for having read it." -- Rebecca Askew
Don is currently working on his next novel, The God Particle: Conspiracy. Release date is TBD ( hoping for Spring, 2018). Stay tuned.
Don is a 3-time Editor's Choice Award winner for poetry he wrote for his daughters as they were growing up and his poem, Down Boekeloo Road was published in the International Library of Poetry's Best Poems and Poets of 2007.
In 2012, Don published the ebook You Gonna' Sell Real Estate or What? The Guerrilla Guide to Real Estate Today. It is available in any format on most major bookseller online sites.
He is a Knoji Expert (staff writer) on Knoji.com with more than 46 articles published and more than 100,000 consumer reads. Additionally, his real estate articles have been published in several real estate trade and business magazines.
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The Beech Tree
by Don Phelan
"An insightful look at and through the America of the Lake Michigan region in the 20th and early 21st centuries, this sweeping novel follows the lives of several well-developed characters who have as common touch point a great beech tree on the shores of the Great Lake ... A timely book of redemption and a reminder that all is not ever lost." -- Guillaume Boisset
Down Boekeloo Road
by Don Phelan
My daughters' grandfathers were both once robust, vital men who served our nation in war and eventually succumbed to the ravages of aging. This piece is dedicated to all men who have traveled the same path. May our children always remember their sacrifice. May my daughters always be grateful for the freedom their grandfathers ensured.
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