Mendel - by Damone Bester (Paperback)

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Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up

Number of Pages: 288

Format: Paperback

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: African American

Publisher: Story Plant

Book theme: Urban

Author: Damone Bester

Language: English

Street Date: April 26, 2022
TCIN: 85407791
UPC: 9781611883268
Item Number (DPCI): 247-01-5318
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported

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About the Book



Imagine the mid 1980's, last day of school, summer break. A teen rushes to meet his mother, who is being released from the hospital after cancer surgery. When the teen arrives, he finds out his mother is dead, but his ex-gangbanging dad, who's been in jail the last eight years is at the hospital ready to take the teen home. Mendel is a coming-of-age story about a high school senior who must learn how to forgive as he navigates life without his mother. Things come to a head when the teen accidentally finds his mom's diary. In the journal, he discovers his mother's dreams of becoming a collegiate track star were derailed due to getting pregnant with him. To honor his mother, he joins Mendel's track team, but before he could cash in on any scholarship offers, his father's thuggish past catches up with them when a gun-toting nemesis comes seeking revenge. The teen must decide between saving his own life or sacrificing it all to save his estranged father.



Book Synopsis



Imagine the mid 1980's, last day of school, summer break. A teen rushes to meet his mother, who is being released from the hospital after cancer surgery. When the teen arrives, he finds out his mother is dead, but his ex-gangbanging dad, who's been in jail the last eight years is at the hospital ready to take the teen home. Mendel is a coming-of-age story about a high school senior who must learn how to forgive as he navigates life without his mother. Things come to a head when the teen accidentally finds his mom's diary. In the journal, he discovers his mother's dreams of becoming a collegiate track star were derailed due to getting pregnant with him. To honor his mother, he joins Mendel's track team, but before he could cash in on any scholarship offers, his father's thuggish past catches up with them when a gun-toting nemesis comes seeking revenge. The teen must decide between saving his own life or sacrificing it all to save his estranged father.



Review Quotes




"'Love is sacrificial.' The central theme of this book resonates with me most. I saw firsthand the sacrifices made for me being raised by a single mother. This story depicts perfectly how one's high school experience can shape one's future."--Ernie Young, Former Major Leaguer, Olympic Gold Medalist in 2000 Sydney Olympics, and Coach of USA Baseball National Team

"A fantastic read! This fictional story gives insight into what some young student-athletes dealt with on a regular basis growing up on the South Side of Chicago."--Howard Griffith, Two-time NFL Super Bowl champion of the Denver Broncos

"Mendel is a gritty urban story with heart."--Jenna Mattison, Director, TV developer, screenwriter, and producer



About the Author



Damone Bester was born and raised on Chicago's Southside to blue-collar parents who were married 49 years, and one older brother, whose backyard scuffles taught Damone one lesson: "Never quit." He wasn't just a student at Mendel; he lived and breathed "Blue Smoke," the mantra of his track team brethren. A brief conversation with another Mendel alum stoked the fire to pen his first novel about the school he so loved. Damone is an author, poet, aspiring screenwriter, and voiceover artist. He has a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Illinois State University and has spent most of his profession in the Social Services sector. He currently lives in the Twin Cities area and enjoys fishing, bowling, basketball (watching, not playing), bean bags, and bragging about his nephew and nieces.
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Estimated ship dimensions: 0.93 inches length x 5.23 inches width x 7.1 inches height
Estimated ship weight: 0.59 pounds
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