A scientist by training and profession, Gary Meffe made the move from science to fiction in his new novel, The Wizard of Odd: A Vermont Tale of Community Devotion. A retired research professor in conservation biology, textbook author, and former editor of an international scientific journal, Meffe and his understanding wife moved to Brandon, VT, 12 years ago from their north Florida dream home. He was so taken with their new state and town that, within seven years, he published Van Cortland Chronicles: A Celebration of Life in a Small Vermont Town, a book of essays that conveyed his love of community.
Now, he further explores the themes of community, tolerance, and love of place through his fictional Northeast Kingdom village of Oddertown, population 700. Centered on a six-generation family-owned country store that is the epicenter of village life, The Wizard of Odd captures the essence of what comprises a good and authentic community truly worth fighting for.