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Counterclockwise Paperback – September 10, 2012
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Michael G. Hickey received a Bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Arizona, 1987, and a Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Washington, 1992. In 2009, he was inaugurated as Seattle’s “Poet Populist.” Hickey is a creative writing professor at South Seattle Community College and lives in West Seattle with his wife and two sons. He has written two books of poetry, A Dress Walked By With a Woman Inside and In Defense of Eve, as well as volunteered as a creative writing instructor for children at bereavement camps, inmates at King County Youth Detention, and prisoners at the Monroe Correctional Complex. In addition to being a political activist, Hickey has won numerous awards for his writing, teaching, and union activities. His motto is to “work hard and have fun.” His life goal is to “take over the world twenty-five students at a time.”
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Author Michael Hickey does a fine job with this ambitious bildungsroman, as well as leading the reader into a deeper search for meaning. It is a journey both impeded and enhanced by time and memory; it is a search illuminated by caring strangers, by friendship, and ultimately by forgiveness.
Not since finishing My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok, or Albom's Five People you Meet In Heaven have I fallen in love with characters as I did with Jasper, Troy, and Bud.
It's very tempting to pin the father, the ex-wife, or the arrogant songwriter as the novels antagonists, finding that the true challenge is the past that we all must face, and the amends we all must make to live with that past.
It has a fine compliment of humor, tenderness, and an array of colorful characters living in the watercolor world of the 1980's, very special to me, being only a year younger than Jasper, and having similar experiences as Troy did.
Thank you Mr. Hickey for a wonderful experience!
The story revolves around Jasper Trueblood and his quest for self discovery, meaning, love, and his place in the world. Along the way we meet a cavalcade of characters that share the "ride of life" with Jasper, ranging from the down and out homeless to the mega-wealthy "rock star." Each character we encounter on Jasper's journey feels true to life and natural.
It's a great story! One that will invoke the gamut of emotions and at the end you just might learn something about yourself.
Recommened to ALL.
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