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The 'GREAT' Kickin' Dog: a family tree Paperback – May 11, 2021
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- ASIN : B094L7FFYX
- Publisher : Independently published (May 11, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 495 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8502263993
- Item Weight : 1.59 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.24 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,288,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What happened along the way? Did he manage to succeed? I love that this book is loosely based on the author's life and experiences. The story is well-written and the characters are vividly laid out, keeping the reader hooked to the story throughout. It's highly charged, moves at a good pace and the intensely gripping lot makes you want more. I read it in one sitting as I was not able to put off the book once I started. So, grab your coffee and some cookies and settle in for the journey.
The story is about John Coleman Sr. He has a large dysfunctional family to support. His wife has many psychological challenges that she is trying to work through. The family lives in a Chicago low-income housing unit during the 60s.
He is trying to raise his family of four girls and two musical prodigy boys. The environment where they live is less than ideal to bring up kids. But John Coleman is determined to make sure that his family makes it and not only survives but thrives.
He tries to get out of the pathway of their circumstances through his talented sons. He drags his musically gifted boys on a journey of hope, from talent shows to Blues clubs. He sees their reputation growing right before his eyes. He is so proud of them!
But while helping his boys become great, he battles an alcohol addiction himself and his wife’s neurotic behavior that is fueled by resentment from his daughters who are envious. These toxic feelings stem from the family’s history of mental illness.
However, he still is coping with these challenges when suddenly a family tragedy shakes him and his family to the core. Can he pull out of yet another tragedy in the midst of his many other challenges?
This story is superably written and richly descriptive. The characters are drawn in a brilliant and luminous manner. The author is obviously an accomplished playwright. It is a story that is loosely based on the author’s own family. It is a story of hope, redemption, and resilience.
I loved this story from the beginning to the end. I will certainly reread the story in the future and recommending the book to my friends.
There’s no doubt that The 'GREAT' Kickin' Dog is an exceptionally well written book. The contrast between tone and content is a characteristic talent of only a few authors. Crutchfield pays as much attention to his sentences as he does to his plots, shifting or consolidating meaning with the use of a single word. His writing is impeccably honed, full of juxtapositions and qualifications that help to create an authentic atmosphere throughout.
Above all else, The 'GREAT' Kickin' Dog gives us great insight to the push and pull of familial bonds. Thanks to exemplary work by Kenneth Crutchfield, that exploration of the home feels vital and vivid, never mundane. If you are looking for a well-written family saga with amazing characters and a gripping plot then this book will not leave you disappointed. An accomplished playwright, this first novel is loosely based on the authors own family. Highly recommended.