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Never Cry Again, A story of the 1930s American south
A young man who beats all the odds!
Drew is conceived in abuse, born into neglect, and raised in hatred. The story tells how the rural boy survives a life of extreme poverty, living in the poorest part of a southern Arkansas town and whose prostitute mother entertains numerous 'uncles'. When one of those uncles becomes abusive toward Drew, and then later attempts male rape, which was encouraged by his mother. Drew has no other choice. He must leave home.
The ten-year-old boy climbs into a rail boxcar, and the train takes him away not only from the abuse but also from his friends, carrying him to an unknown future. Just as things seem their worst, Drew, realizing that his childhood is now over, vows that he will never cry again, but instead face life on his own terms.
Praised by one critic as Huckleberry Finn meets Forrest Gump, Drew's adventures on the way to responsible and compassionate manhood, set against the backdrop of America's Great Depression and the following turbulent years of World War II, are a story that is relevant to the upheavals and turbulence in society today.
"Never Cry Again tells the story of a young man who beats all the odds. He is conceived in abuse, born into neglect, and raised with hatred. That he survives at all is a miracle, but he does much more. Year by year, chapter by chapter, he makes a gritty determined climb out of poverty and hell, each rung on the ladder a hard-earned achievement. Jim Cole's debut novel is a well-written, artfully told, historical and literary journey that leaves you hoping for a sequel."
"Jim Cole has written an extraordinary novel that brings together many fascinating elements! It is a riveting and emotional coming-of-age tale, but I also really enjoyed the historical backdrop. Cole has truly crafted a page-turner here that provokes total empathy for his characters and leaves you wanting even more."
"Cole is a descriptive and vibrant storyteller, delighting readers with his nuanced characters and detailed settings. You feel that you are not just reading a book but walking alongside the characters, living the story with them."