Thorndike Press

The Kings of Big Spring: God, Oil, and One Family's Search for the American Dream

  • Bryan Mealer
  • ISBN-10: 1432847821
  • ISBN-13: 9781432847821
  • DDC: 920
  • Shipping Weight: 1.60 lbs ( .73 kgs)
  • 606 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released February 2018
  • Simultaneous Publications

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In the winter of 1981, when the author is seven years old, Bobby Mealer, the author’s father, receives a call from an old friend with a simple question, “How’d you like to be a millionaire?”

Twenty-six, and with a wife and three kids, Bobby had left his hometown to seek a life removed from the blowing dust and oil fields, and to find spiritual peace. But now Big Spring’s streets are flooded again with roughnecks, money, and sin. Boom chasers pour in from the busted factory towns in the north. Drilling rigs rise like timber along the pastures, and poor men become millionaires overnight.

Grady Cunningham, Bobby’s friend, is one of the newly-minted kings of Big Spring. Loud and flamboyant, with a penchant for floor-length fur coats, Grady pulls Bobby and his young wife into his glamorous orbit. While drilling wells for Grady’s oil company, they fly around on private jets and embrace the honky-tonk high life of Texas oilmen. But beneath the Rolexes and Rolls Royce cars is a reality as dark as the crude itself. As Bobby soon discovers, his return to Big Spring is a backslider’s journey into a spiritual wilderness, and one that could cost him his life.