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Heaven Lake

by John Dalton

Heaven Lake by John Dalton
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    Apr 2004, 451 pages
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    Mar 2005, 464 pages

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John Dalton was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, the youngest of seven children. Upon graduation from college, he received a plane ticket to travel around the world, and so began an enduring interest in travel and foreign culture. During the late 1980s he lived in Taiwan for several years and traveled in Mainland China and other Asian countries. 

A few months after arriving in Taiwan he was propositioned by a man willing to pay him $10,000 if he traveled to the mainland, married a woman and brought her back with him. He didn't take him up on the offer!

News: Last week, Dalton was awarded the 1st prize for fiction in Barnes and Nobel's 12th annual Discover New Writers Awards.  

He tells me that he's currently working on a new novel, the first half of which is set in 1975 in the Missouri Ozarks, at a summer camp for what was then termed the mentally retarded.  The book is still in the early stages, so no publication date as yet.

Interesting Link: 
Information about, and pictures of Heaven Lake, at John Dalton's website
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