A remarkable debut novel--given extraordinary life by its amalgam
of energy, raw authentic language, and, at the core, a surprising
It is the work of the constantly amazing wrestler-writer Mick
Foley, whose two volumes of autobiography, Have a Nice Day! and
Foley Is Good, were each number one on the "New York Times
"National Best-seller List.
It tells the story and speaks in the voice--at once innocent and
too knowing for his age--of Antietam (Andy) Brown, named for the
great-great-great- grandfather who died on that Civil War
battlefield. Andy at seventeen is himself the veteran of a violent
boyhood, having been locked up in the Northern Virginia Juvenile
Detention Center for killing a teenager who attempted to rape him.
Now, after seven years, he is out, free, at a crossroads, trying to
make a fresh start, to fit into the life of Conestoga High School
in the small upstate New York town to which he has been brought by
his father--absent from his life since he was a month old. The man
is certainly charismatic. He is also crude, apparently addicted to
bodybuilding, beer swilling, and (his own words for his serial
womanizing) "bareback riding." He has no visible job, no known
Associated by the town with his father's coarseness, hectored by
the boorish football coach and the coach's pack of steroid-pumping
teens, feeling himself losing ground, Andy is stunned to discover
that the most popular girl in town is attracted to him. Terri, the
homecoming queen, the school beauty, every boy's dream girl, a
born-again Christian, a really nice girl. Andy can't believe it. He
is immediately head over heels in love--first love--and determined
to protect Terri from everything bad on earth. Worried that his
father, even he himself, might contaminate her, and determined for
her sake to discover what his father is, Andy begins to delve into
the locked rooms and dangerous currents of the elder Tietam Brown's
past and present.
What happens is told in a novel that is appealingly direct, moving,
and altogether pleasurable in its superb storytelling and
celebration of the human spirit.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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