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About the Author

Michael DeVault was born in Mississippi and grew up in Louisiana and Arkansas, which gave him a strong grounding in the rich musical and literary traditions of the South. He worked as a journalist for more than twelve years, covering politics and the arts for local and regional publications while he also worked on his novels. A two-time finalist for the Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Gold Medal (Novel-in-Progress, 2002, Anything But Ordinary; Novella, 2008, The Patriot Joe Morton), Michael's fiction draws on his youth to weave tapestries of intensely believable characters, finely honed plots, and imagery and symbolism inspired by the great southern writers, all wrapped into a package by clean, sharp prose. Michael received an MFA in Creative Writing from Lindenwood University in 2013, and when he's not writing, he teaches college writing and English. Find him online at: --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 1 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 1 and up
  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Arctic Wolf Publishing (December 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984123369
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984123360
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,439,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Francis Guenette on June 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
A good story opens a window into a world and allows the reader a peek inside. If we’re lucky, we walk away from that window understanding life in a deeper way. The Patriot Joe Morton is such a book. The novel illustrates the cost of making assumptions. Whether it is how to deal with grief, subtle and not so subtle forms of racism, or the true nature of patriotism – the reader is invited to examine his or her own assumptions right along with the inhabitants of Cranston, Texas.

The other major theme is change. Change is inevitable and even if nothing has changed forever, most people know in their gut it could happen. Even so, this reality is denied and people do everything they can to hold their little worlds in a type of stasis. Thus it is for the inhabitants of Cranston, Texas. Life goes along as it has always gone along – stopping at the Truck Stop Café for coffee, working the farm, strolling the main street of small town USA and seeing the same faces and places you’ve seen all your life. Then, like the theory of punctuated equilibrium, the winds of change start to blow and nothing is ever the same again.

There is an intimacy to Michael DeVault’s writing. The death of Joe Morton’s son is the catalyst for change. Joes’ grief is palpable. When he asks Cranston’s funeral director if he’ll be able to see his son’s body, Frederick Gruber, who has been the sole funeral provider in the small town for years, he’s seen Korea and worked through Vietnam. He’s buried grandmothers and infants but never “. . . had he so profoundly understood grief until that moment.”

Doris has worked at the Truck Stop Café since she left high school. She’s never been anywhere but Cranston.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Kwashnak VINE VOICE on February 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Felicia on June 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Every once in a great while you come across a story that needs to be read for the sake of reading and not because you are wanting to escape or wanting to learn something, The Patriot Joe Morton, is that sort of story for me.

When I first received this book for review by the author I was excited because I've always wanted to read his work just never have gotten around to it. Three chapters in I completely forgot about whose book I was reading and was wrapped up in the story of Joe, Casey, Harlan and Doris.

Maybe it's my age or the fact that I come from a small country town either way I related to the characters through out the story.
Their need to welcome home a fallen town hero, to preserve that small country town and the need to escape it all. Each of the main and supporting characters were written with such details that I felt like they could be someone just down the street and not in a book.

While the author states that the story wasn't written to teach a lesson or make a point you can't help walking away feeling like you learned a little something about yourself.

The Patriot Joe Morton is a story for everyone and a story that should be read by everyone.
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