Harry Sullivan had a saying for the homeless people that wandered
the streets of his neighborhood: "Lazy good-for-nothing derelicts "
Now this formerly middle-class man is faced with the unthinkable -
becoming one of them. Brought up in the rough-and-tumble South
Boston neighborhoods of the 1940s, Harry's a decorated Korean War
hero and a tough-as-nails former Golden Gloves fighter whose title
fight became a legend in local boxing circles. He's worked hard at
the Good Life bread company for many years. His retirement was
supposed to be a wonderful time to spend with his wife and enjoy
all life had to offer.
Then tragedy strikes, sending Harry into a tailspin - and a
lifestyle he never even contemplated.
A sprawling, eye opening novel of life's fickle ups and downs, THE
DERELICT examines one man's remarkable journey as he struggles both
physically and spiritually following a most unexpected role
reversal. Utterly alone and adrift, Harry's only lifeline is his
frequent conversations at his wife's grave - and with the street
preacher who shows him how to survive without a home. But when a
freak stroke of luck changes things yet again, Harry forgets the
lessons he learned on the streets and returns to his selfish ways.
Now he must face something even tougher than surviving on the
Honest, moving and at times comical, THE DERELICT is a reminder of
what's really important in life and the constant unknown that lurks
around the corner for all of us.
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