JACK RIGGSWhen the Finch Rises is the debut novel of an author whose work will be read as classic literature for a long time to come. It is a story full of truths and revelations, transcending its fictional bounds to become something so real and so finely wrought that it will simply astonish. Jack Riggs has created an emotional testament to the myriad shades of the human condition.It is the late 1960s in the small North Carolina mill town of Ellenton. Twelve-year-old Raybert Williams and his best friend Palmer Conroy live in cramped homes in a working-class neighborhood, but they use the vast outdoors as their personal playground. Yet hardships are never far away. Raybert8217;s father disappears for days at a time, only to come home broken and battered. Raybert8217;s mother is a loving woman who battles her own demons while struggling to keep it all together. Palmer8217;s family life offers no better refuge for the adventure-seeking boys.But Raybert and Palmer have each other. And in that glorious friendship, they are significantly blessed. They dream together of space flight and moonwalks. They construct a bike jump to rival Evel Knievel8217;s8211;and they8217;ll run it once they work up the courage. Knievel tempted fate and won, taking a leap over twenty buses on faith alone, soaring high and landing safely, even after many crashes and broken bones. Palmer and Raybert have their own plan that, once executed, will take them all the way to the ocean, landing them intact and together on the other side of freedom.Through the scrim of adolescence and poverty, Jack Riggs offers a glimpse of universal human foibles and singular moments of transcendence. Fiercely honest and beautifully narrated, When the Finch Rises flashes like the sharp rim of the eclipsed moon on the night when Raybert and Palmer8217;s fate is finally revealed.From the Hardcover edition.
Two boys growing up in North Carolina in the 1960s--Raybert and Palmer--must cope with a variety of difficulties, which include Raybert's father's drinking and possible involvement in a lynching, his mother's miscarriage, Palmer's mother's creepy boyfriends, the disastrous flooding of the local creek, and the boys' shared dream of, someday, somehow getting away.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
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- Ballantine Books
- August 31, 2004
- August 31, 2004
- Jack Riggs