Yankees in the Cornfield

Fredericksburg-based historical fiction by Emmett Snead

Yankees in the CornfieldStep into the world of Everett Smith, a boy coming of age on a farm in Fredericksburg, Va., in the 1960s. Everett’s childhood is marked by the memory of an assault he witnessed on his mother. his formative years are a quest to find the person responsible and bring him to justice. Along the way, Everett learns to be a young entrepreneur, inherits farming wisdom from his father and grandfather and lives his life to the soundtrack of what some consider the golden age of rock ‘n’ roll. Everett’s story harks back to a time when family farming was much more prevalent. The story’s authentic voice is a reminder that while not everything about “the good ol’ days” was so good, it’s important to remember the past so that we can learn from it.


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Emmett Snead will hold a book signing event on Feb. 22, 2018, at 6 p.m. at Sunken Well Tavern, 720 Littlepage St., Fredericksburg, 22401. There will be books available for purchase at the event, which is free and open to the public.

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Praise for Yankees in the Cornfield

“If you’ve ever yearned to return to a time before smartphones, social media and e-mail, this is the book for you. Slip into a simpler time and enjoy this fictional tale from real-life 1960s Fredericksburg.”

– Glenn Markwith, Colonial Beach, Va.

“Emmett’s personality and character flows through the pages as though he is actually speaking to you. It was fascinating to read this fictional tale inspired by his early years. Everett’s character developed through a fairly strict upbringing and hard work on the farm. The experience encouraged him to be very industrious and enterprising. When he realizes that not everyone has been raised this way, the comparisons can be quite hilarious.”

-Judy Jones, Queensland, Australia

“’Yankees in the Cornfield’ captures the feel of East Coast farm life in post-World War II America. It’s as wholesome and organic as the experience itself—until the turn of a page turns the story.”

-Phil Harding, Fredericksburg, Va.

“This book would be enjoyed by anyone who grew up in Fredericksburg, recalling how life was back in the day, when our community was smaller and life was simpler.”

-Robert B.P. Thompson, Fredericksburg, Va.

“A lot of things in this book remind me of growing up in Fredericksburg.”

– Larry Silver, Boca Raton, Fla.