Whispering Pines – Tales From a Northwoods Cabin is the story of The Travis Family’s 50 year love affair with their family cabin. The tale begins in September 1993 as four generations of the Travis family have come together to celebrate the 80th birthday of their matriarch, Isabelle. One after another, family members gathered around the dinner table reflect on precious memories of the experiences they have all had at the cabin over the years.
Whispering Pines – Tales From a Northwoods Cabin is a work of fiction, but a few real-life famous Minnesotans are part of the story. Foster includes a mention about Mona Bell Hill, who lived near Lake Dunbar for a time. She gained fame for her legal battle with the federal government over its appropriation of her property to construct worker housing for the Bonneville Lock and Dam project. Also in the story is Helen Bryan, an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. She was involved in a property dispute with Itasca County, Minn., that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Bryan won and that decision is what opened the floodgates to Indian gaming.
When he is not writing, Elliott Foster works as an international corporate attorney for Travelers Insurance Company. His areas of expertise are contracts and regulatory issues.
His first book, Retrieving Isaac and Jason, was a memoir published in 2012, written through the voice and perspective of the family dog. That book was similarly based on the journals Elliott and his father kept while in the process of adopting Elliott's sons from Cambodia and Vietnam.