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The Escape of Bobby Ray Hammer, A Novel of a '50s Family [Kindle Edition]

David Sheppard
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Book Description

The Escape of Bobby Ray Hammer is a second generation "Grapes of Wrath" novel in that Bobby's parents migrated to California during the 1930s, the "Dust Bowl" days. Bobby is just entering his senior year in high school and eager to graduate and go on to college to get out of his rural farming community; however, he realizes that he must resolve family problems that originated, he believes, with the death of his older brother before he can fulfill his dream. Little does he realize the trail of misery he will cause as he uncovers the family secrets that led to his brother's death.


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About the Author

David Sheppard is the author of the non-fiction works Oedipus on a Pale Horse and Novelsmithing, and the fiction trilogy The Mysteries, A Novel of Ancient Eleusis. He holds a bachelor's from Arizona State University and a master's from Stanford University, and has also studied American Literature at the University of Colorado. His poetry has appeared in The Paris Review and in The Arvon International Poetry Competition Anthology (Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney editors).

Product Details

  • File Size: 594 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982953402
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tragedy's Workshop (July 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005FCIXRK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,056 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Escape of Bobby Ray Hammer January 5, 2013
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A really good book....tends to ramble a bit but very '50's style writing. Sometimes disturbing but I keep on reading . It is a very long book so I haven't quite finished it but am looking forward to the way this story will end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book February 1, 2014
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I very quickly became engrossed in this storyline. The characters were very believable,and it was really like taking a trip in time travel back to the 50's. It was interesting to me the relationships between these parents and their children,compared to today's families relationships with each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Novel of the year January 30, 2014
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This novel is comprised of the most compelling first person narrative I have ever read. It flows almost flawlessly, leaving no place to stop. You want to read it straight through. At the end the reader is left with a sense of having participated in a young man's successful coming of age. A question not explored in depth was that of the true relationship of Charles to the Hammer family. Would anger at the truth explain Charles' unrelenting violence? Which brings me to my only complaint: the graphic description of that violence in some scenes(e.g., the pig barn) was disturbing and seemed somehow gratuitous. Was the detail really necessary for the plot? Throughout the book I was constantly so impressed with the writing that I would think, I've got to recommend this to friends. Then I would encounter a violent few pages and think, uh, no,maybe that's too much. If I were editing, I would remove some excruciating details. Overall, however, this book is a triumph and I applaud the author's creative genius in taking the reader through four years of a young man's life and making it seem so real.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Story About a Much Simpler Time September 4, 2013
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Having lived through the era of the 50's and 60"s and having lived in the general area the book brought back a lot of memories. It was an enjoyable story with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book June 9, 2013
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Couldn't put it down.Wanted to just keep reading.Sorry I myself am not good with words LOL,but Mr. Sheppard surely is!
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More About the Author

David Sheppard is the author of the non-fiction books Story Alchemy: The Search for the Philosopher's Stone of Storytelling; and Novelsmithing: The Structural Foundation of Plot, Character, and Narration. He has written several novels including The Escape of Bobby Ray Hammer and The Mysteries: A Novel of Ancient Eleusis. Sheppard holds a bachelor's from Arizona State University and a master's from Stanford University, and he has also studied American Literature at the University of Colorado. His poetry has appeared in The Paris Review, and in the Arvon International Poetry Competition Anthology (Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney, Editors). A veteran of many writing groups and conferences, Sheppard is a past member of the Rocky Mountain Writers Guild, having chaired its Literary Society and participated in its Live Poets Society and Advanced Novel Workshop. He has taught astronomy, novel writing, and Greek mythology at New Mexico State University - Carlsbad. He has also traveled throughout Western Europe, and is an amateur photographer and astronomer.


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