Gwyn Parry (born David Druschel in Wellsville, NY) is Welsh, German, American, and something else or other. His grandfather John Hugh Parry was born in Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales. His paternal grandfather, William Druschel, escaped a family holocaust of disease and despair in Brooklyn: saved when sent upstate to the Bristol Hills above Canandaigua Lake, a blessed and beautiful place to which GP returned in 2007 upon being suddenly widowed. It's this Finger Lakes Wine Country that he hymns in the third and climactic part of THE CHESTERFIELD HOURS. And what is true for Chesterfield's folks, Jack and Daphne, holds true as well for GP's parents Henry and Barbara: to them he "owes the world he knows."
That is to say that the absurdly anachronistic, feudal outlook of THE CHESTERFIELD HOURS' one-named hero represents, ineluctably, a core aspect of GP's own character. That said, "Laughter, Guts, Fidelity" may at any time and in some combination elude him, though never by God's grace altogether at once -- else he'd not be here to tell the tale. Then again -- if we may misuse the great Mr. Madison -- if men were angels, there'd be no tale to tell.