"I have tears rolling down onto my chin right now. Wow. Reading Under Big-Hearted Skies was a joyful experience-it's not often one encounters a narrator with Tom's heart, experience, and technical expertise." -Margo LaPierre, editor for Guernica Editions
Under Big-Hearted Skies is an affectionate yet piercing account of working on the prairies, mountains, lakes, and oceans. Stories of adventure and conflict and comedy, with crashing float planes in isolated forests, oil-rigs spewing in the night-shift North, fist fights both won and lost, hearts both swelled and broken--but it's the underlying hope, humanity, and love that make this book rare and these stories worth telling. The people on its pages shine like North Stars and supermoons and there's honesty and optimism that moves from side-splitting to heart-aching. Simply put, this book is memorable and worthy of being read: adventures of a young man putting years behind him under fortunate skies.