Book Description

Born & Raised by Chris Ross

The Indie Book of the Day for 15th of October, 2013!

Genre: Literary, Coming of Age

Sean fights not to come apart in his small southern Indiana town where hope and defeat stain both sides of the same coin.

Sean is the baby of the Yoakam family, but he’s the only real grown-up in the bunch. By the summer of 1984, it’s been seven years since his mother left, and thirteen-year-old Sean has grudgingly become accustomed to his new life. As he fixes himself root beer floats for dinner and deals with the confusing feelings he gets from admiring the Soft Knits with Flair girl in the Sears catalog, his father, Roy, and his older sister, Billie, focus on their own demons.

Six years later, in the summer of ’90, Sean is a virgin with a high school diploma and isn’t sure what comes next. Given this foundation, where can he go? But then circumstances arise that force Sean to make a choice. Will he try to correct his family’s wrongs, or will he walk away?

Chris Ross’s work is both insightful and big-hearted, and he opens the door to his beloved Indiana like a gracious host who knows the skeletons have already tumbled out of the closet, but he’s throwing the party anyway.  Ross illuminates the lives of his characters with a vision and voice guided by empathy and humor.  He captures the poignant resiliency and spirit found in Indiana’s small towns where the factories have closed, yet the people still play baseball in the industry league, even though the industry no longer exists.

Raised along the muddy current of the Wabash River, Chris Ross moved to New York in the hopes of seeing Bob Dylan crossing the street, any street.  Fifteen years passed:  no Dylan, only street, while the Wabash simmered away on the backburner of his mind like left-over chili that tastes better once it’s been heated up a couple of times.  Born and Raised is his first novel.

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Book Insight

  • File Size: 400 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tell Me Press (December 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ALY6OUK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled

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Raised along the muddy current of the Wabash River, Chris Ross moved to New York in the hopes of seeing Bob Dylan crossing the street, any street. Fifteen years passed: no Dylan, only street, while the Wabash simmered away on the backburner of his mind like left-over chili that tastes better once it’s been heated up a couple of times.

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