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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Arctic Wolf Publishing (December 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984123369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984123360
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,154,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The search for escape has been a theme in literature for centuries. Larry McMurtry evoked the question of to stay or to go in a small sleepy Texas town against the backdrop of escape to adventure of an overseas war in is The Last Picture Show. Now Michael Devault has revisited this landscape with his book The Patriot Joe Morton. This time the story beings with the return from an overseas war. Casey Morton is returning from Iraq to his home town of Cranston as a hero and a casualty of war. Cranston is a typical small American town that hoped for economic boom but found instead stagnation and decline when the planned for highway decided to find a route that bypassed the sleepy town with a small downtown area and social life centered at the Truck Stop Café. There we cross paths with the main players of the story: Joe Morton, waitress Doris Greely, veteran Harlan Cotton, his niece Carly Machen, as well as other townspeople and visitors. The return of Casey Morton quickly turns into huge patriotic display - huge at least for a small Texas town. Joe Morton, Casey's father, pulls back into himself in his grief and reaction to the display led by Harlan Cotton and begins to work on a secret project that he unveils to the shock, horror and awe of the town at the July 4th celebration. Joe, through is actions and fiscal largess impacts the lives of others who are looking to move on and escape after lifetimes of living in Cranston. The thought of leaving though is balanced by the theme of arrival with Vitor Barros and his son, the staunch determination to stay by Harlan and the return of a town legend accompanied by the documentarian Karl Groot.Read more ›
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