The Essay

The Essay

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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Jimmy Lee Hickam grew up along Red Dog Road, a dead-end strip of gravel and mud buried deep in the bowels of Appalachian Ohio. It is the poorest road, in the poorest county, in the poorest region of the state. To make things worse, the name Hickam is synonymous with trouble. Jimmy Lee hails from a heathen mix of thieves, moonshiners, drunkards, and general anti-socials that 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 destiny, someday working with his drunkard 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. An inspiring coach and Jimmy Lee's ability to play football are the only things motivating him to return for his junior year of high school--until his visionary English teacher cuts him a break and preserves his eligibility for the coming football season. To thank her, Jimmy Lee writes a winning essay in the high school writing contest. When irate parents and the baffled administration claim he has cheated, his teacher is inspired to take his writing talent as far as it can go, showing him the path out of the hills of Appalachia.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Arcade Publishing, [2012]
ISBN: 9781611458497
Branch Call Number: FICTION Yoc
Description: 1 online resource (256 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)


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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.

Nov 01, 2012

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


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