East Jesus is a novel set in the 1960s in a hardscrabble wart of a west Texas town. Folks there believe in their country, their way of life and the tough living that’s as basic, harsh and straightforward as the wind-swept red dirt plains around them.

That unshakeable belief in “My country, right or wrong” changes when the town must pay the blood price to back it up.

Live it out with them, just as we live it out once again as a nation fighting yet another faraway war. Step into the red dirt kingdom of Conroy, Texas; join the haunting story and learn the lessons that play out against a timeless landscape of people, friends, neighbors and enemies alike.

Welcome to East Jesus.

Chris Manno is a freelance writer.

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