A young man, Jackson "Jake" Ferry, born into a privileged New York family, loses them in a car accident. Young and wealthy, he needs to justify his existence during The Great Depression. He is skilled in carpentry and drives around the Gulf of Mexico, working on building projects with his peculiar friend and partner from Florida, Chin, who has cheerfully abandoned his family in favor of an adventure. Together, they travel an amazing road trip, helping poor folks along the way, repairing their homes and their lives.Eventually, Jake lands in Galveston, where he stays to help rebuild the island after their first Great Flood, building an inter-racial school for the island's orphans.The road trip comes to an end in with Jake back in New York City, an older and wiser man with an internal compass to guide his path.
tags: Coming of Age; Western; Humor
In California at the turn of the century, teenager Risa and her baby brother left their insulated Jewish town, choosing East to walk toward a new, free life. She runs from an arranged marriage, and brother Yani was tossed out for an illicit gay affair. Together, they endured physical hardships and new challenges to fight for their new lives in the emerging Nevada frontier. The hard-won successes are tempered with tragedies, but both ultimately find their places in the sun.
Tongue-in-cheek love triangle spanning from New Jersey to Arizona!
New publishing technologies and pressing personal issues cause crazy angst in the lives of three people. Hannah moves from New Jersey to Phoenix to become a newspaper press room supervisor, a job she's not sure she's qualified to do. Warrior, a typesetter at the newspaper, grew up as a tattoo'd "jungle boy" circus performer who later joined the Marines. His hopes for the supervisor promotion have been dashed by Hannah's arrival. Declan, a drunken motorcycle mechanic, was Hannah's first love back in NJ. Now living in Phoenix, he sees his opportunity to get Hannah back, but has he really matured? Is love even possible in all this mess?
For many years, I was a freelance typesetter/photocompositor. It was a wonderful occupation, and I loved every minute of it. Eventually, however, that occupation was "eaten up" by desktop publishing. This short memoir illuminates those years, and the time afterward, readjusting to life in the pink collar jungle.