The Man from Burnt Island

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Pub Date 17 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 23 Nov 2021

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It was a tough life for the Scottish Sharp family at the turn of the twentieth century.

Coal miners, they were exempt from the World War I draft. Frank, the fourth of five sons, was the only one that went off to war. Luckily, he survived the trenches, only to return to poor job prospects and poorer wages.

When most of the family sailed across the Atlantic in search of a better life, Frank stayed behind for a while... for a little too long, it so happened. A victim of the 1924 Immigration Act, he was barred from immigrating to the US until October, 1929. Three weeks after his quota number came up, the stock market crash occurred.

Frank's story weaves through Detroit's rich history during the Great Depression, Prohibition, World War II, and the booming automotive industry starting in the 1950's and beyond. What Frank sacrifices to achieve material and career success takes its toll on his family and personal life. After all is said and done, this is the saga of a determined and ambitious man who was hell-bent on leaving his poverty-stricken past behind.

Did he make the right choices? You decide.

It was a tough life for the Scottish Sharp family at the turn of the twentieth century.

Coal miners, they were exempt from the World War I draft. Frank, the fourth of five sons, was the only one...


Advance Praise

"A beautiful story" - International Review of Books.

"You will have a hard time to putting it down until you get to the end." - Entrada Book Review.

"The beauty of this novel persists... a novel with a big heart, one that is guaranteed to engage your senses from start to finish." - Readers' Favorite.

"A richly crafted, compelling and immersive tale." - Prairies Book Review.

"A beautiful story" - International Review of Books.

"You will have a hard time to putting it down until you get to the end." - Entrada Book Review.

"The beauty of this novel persists... a novel with...


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The saga of Robert Frank Sharp starts when he is 12 years old and follows different trials and tribulations from immigrating, survival, business, family, marriage, war, law, birth, death, labor unions, work...you name it, this book has it. Basically, the stuff that ultimately ends up making up a life. It does so at a pace that is not too slow as to be sluggish, but not to fast as to be confusing. I found myself gripped and endeared by the people, their thoughts, the circumstances they overcome, how they overcome them and the choices they make accepting or defying those circumstances. The thing about this story, is that it can be anyone's history in any family. As someone who doesn't normally read historical fiction, I found that this book might change my mind about the genre. It wasn't weighed down by historical events, but instead incorporated them to the everyday living that happens around them and ultimately shaped by them. It sparked conversations with co-workers and friends about what ends up summing up a life, what makes a life a good life, and what events end up shaping different paths in a lifetime. I found myself comparing it with stories like Upton Sinclair's The Jungle or Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes in that it made me connect to the human experience of living and the regret and successes that come with that. No spoilers, but a lot of living happens in the span of 100 years.

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