The Essay

The Essay

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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Born to family of troublemakers, an Ohio boy defiantly carves out his own destiny in "a book that young adults and veteran readers alike are going to love" (Howard Frank Mosher).

Jimmy Lee Hickam grew up along Red Dog Road, deep in Appalachian Ohio, in the poorest county in the poorest region of the state. To make things worse, he hails from a mix of thieves, moonshiners, and drunkards who for decades have clung to both the hardscrabble hills and the iron bars of every jail cell in the region. This life, Jimmy Lee believes, is his fate. Someday, he expects to wind up working with his alcoholic father at the sawmill--or sitting next to his arsonist brother in the penitentiary. There aren't many options if your last name is Hickam.

If not for an inspiring coach and Jimmy Lee's ability to play football, he would not have returned for his junior year in high school. After his English teacher cuts Jimmy Lee a break, preserving his eligibility for the coming football season, he rewards her with a winning essay in the high school writing contest.

And when irate parents and administration claim he must have cheated, his teacher becomes more determined than ever--to take Jimmy Lee's writing talent as far as it can go, and show him the path out of the hills of Appalachia.

"Like Annie Proulx, Richard Russo, and Richard Ford, Robin Yocum knows how to stake out a claim to a very particular part of America and make it uniquely his own" (Howard Frank Mosher).

Publisher: New York : Arcade Pub., c2012.
ISBN: 9781611458497
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ
Feb 28, 2016

The setting of this novel is rural Ohio in the 1970’s where Jimmy Lee Hickam is ostracized by everyone in town due to his family’s poverty, his incarcerated brother, and his alcoholic father. At first the only two people who believe in Jimmy are his English teacher and his football coach. Eventually his brother Edgel is released from prison, and starts to encourage the little brother he barely knows. This is a wonderfully written book about the power of encouragement, standing up for yourself and your family, and showing compassion to those around you.

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ecurbkit
Nov 01, 2012

This title is on a list of non-fiction. But it seems to be a novel.

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