"When the Finch Rises" is the debut novel of an author whose work
will be read as classic literature for a long time to come. It is a
story full of truths and revelations, transcending its fictional
bounds to become something so real and so finely wrought that it
will simply astonish. Jack Riggs has created an emotional testament
to the myriad shades of the human condition.
It is the late 1960s in the small North Carolina mill town of
Ellenton. Twelve-year-old Raybert Williams and his best friend
Palmer Conroy live in cramped homes in a working-class
neighborhood, but they use the vast outdoors as their personal
playground. Yet hardships are never far away. Raybert's father
disappears for days at a time, only to come home broken and
battered. Raybert's mother is a loving woman who battles her own
demons while struggling to keep it all together. Palmer's family
life offers no better refuge for the adventure-seeking boys.
But Raybert and Palmer have each other. And in that glorious
friendship, they are significantly blessed. They dream together of
space flight and moonwalks. They construct a bike jump to rival
Evel Knievel's-and they'll run it once they work up the courage.
Knievel tempted fate and won, taking a leap over twenty buses on
faith alone, soaring high and landing safely, even after many
crashes and broken bones. Palmer and Raybert have their own plan
that, once executed, will take them all the way to the ocean,
landing them intact and together on the other side of freedom.
Through the scrim of adolescence and poverty, Jack Riggs offers a
glimpse of universal human foibles and singular moments of
transcendence. Fiercely honest and beautifully narrated, "When the
Finch Rises" flashes like the sharp rim of the eclipsed moon on the
night when Raybert and Palmer's fate is finally revealed.
"From the Hardcover edition."
Random House Australia
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Jack R Riggs
||203 x 132 x 15mm (L x W x T)
||1st trade pbk. ed
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