On Anvil

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by Jim Herity

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SYNOPSIS — Cal is driven to a remote and forbidding mountain in the southwestern United States, near the border of Mexico. Temperatures are blistering and water is scarce. Cal is led through an enigmatic journey of the soul as he remembers his life with Gayle. Tenderly, the intricacies of Cal and Gayle’s love for each other are revealed. His quest is truly the quest of Everyman, a quest that speaks to the endurance of the human spirit in the face of great adversity. Cal discovers a truth that transcends reality and blurs the perceived line between life and death. He finds redemption in the most remarkable place.

THE AUTHOR­­ — This is Jim Herity’s first novel to be published. His appeal to such a large audience comes from the fact that Mr. Herity has worked as a steelworker, school bus driver, musician, carpenter, commercial photographer and furniture and building designer. He currently resides in West Cornwall, CT with his petite wife and large dog where he writes and designs and builds custom furniture.


May 7, 2014  Jim Herity wins 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award!
1,400 entries and only three winners!

“This impressive debut novel combines great storytelling and gut-wrenching emotion to teach lessons about life and love.  A brooding, intense and very entertaining read.” 

-Jim Barnes, Editor and Awards Director,


“I just finished On Anvil  and I loved it!  Jim, you are an amazing writer and storyteller!”  

-Sandra Ingerman, author, teacher and visionary

“I really enjoyed On Anvil.  It was so beautifully written, so poetic!”  

-Donna Milner, bestselling author of After River, Promise of Rain and Somewhere In-Between.

“The author’s storylines are fresh and original, and his images have bite…[His] poetic writing is strong and potent, engaging his audience to follow his character’s painful struggle through his personal wasteland.”

-US Review of Books

Few novelists explore the realm of our emotional challenge to survive as well
as the intrepid Jim Herity.  On Anvil is a story that will change your life.

-William Waterway, author, musician, philosopher, poet

“Mr. Herity’s use of language took my breath away!”

-Tom Bechtle, Locust Hill Press