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Clayton native to sign family finances book at Clayton library

Ryan Eidson
By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 19, 2016 8:20 pm Updated: May. 19, 2016 8:40 pm

CLAYTON, Ill. -- An author who is a 2004 graduate of Central High School will return to his hometown library Saturday for a book signing.

The Clayton Public Library will host Ryan Eidson from 10 a.m. to noon when he will sign copies of "A Couple With Common Cents: A Short Story About Hope in Your Family Finances."

Eidson, who grew up on a farm south of Clayton, said he never imagined he would see his work at the library.

"We'd go on a regular basis, and I never thought that one of my own commercially published works would be on the shelf there," Eidson said.

Unlike a self-help book, "A Couple With Common Cents," is described as a realistic fiction about a modern Midwestern family with financial troubles.

Eidson said one of the top reasons for contention in a marriage is money and even most compatible couples don't always see eye to eye on the family budget.

"It takes you through the journey of what a family goes through in communicating about their finances," he said.

The plot is centered on the young mother of the family, Tabitha, who faces marital and financial difficulties.

Eidson said the book should guide readers to rebuild bridges of communication with their spouses and get on the same track on finances.

In the back portion of the book is a study guide to help people start financial conversations with their spouses.

Eidson said there are some lessons he learned growing up that made it into the book.

"When my parents read it, my dad said a few things that are said in the story sound like something he said," he said.

Eidson lives south of Macon, Mo., where he is a comptroller on a family farm.

This is Eidson's first published fiction work. He initially self-published the book three years ago, before it was picked up by the publisher. He previously self-published some nonfiction works.

"A Couple With Common Cents" was published by Morgan James Publishing and is available online and at major retailers.

Copies will be available to buy at Saturday's book signing.

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