- Paperback: 351 pages
- Publisher: Amika Press (March 28, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1937484114
- ISBN-13: 978-1937484118
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,752,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ryan's Woods: A South Side Boyhood Fifty Years Ago Paperback – March 28, 2013
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About the Author
Patrick Creevy grew up on the South Side of Chicago, moving to the northern suburbs at age fourteen. He received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Harvard University in 1975 and has taught at Mississippi State University since 1976. For the last seventeen years he has divided his time between his farm in Mississippi and his home in Evanston, Illinois. He has five children and eight grandchildren and has been married to his wife, Susie, for forty-two years.
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Beautifully written, Kevin's voice is captivating. It was like I was sitting in a room with him as he told me his story.
It's a must read.
Kevin and his friends, a lively and unruly bunch, spend a lot of time being kids, playing ball, talking about girls, rough housing, teasing and learning. There are sentimental moments between the boys and other characters as well as bullies, parents, teachers and dream girls that pepper the novel with a wide variety of faces. Not all characters need to be remembered, but the book is not over saturated with story lines. The reader simply follows Kevin along and sees what he sees. Kevin is quietly contemplative, while at the same time, feisty, smart and ready for adventure. There is a level of maturity in his character that makes the reader give pause and allows for deeper thought about a simple situation, such as a group of friends playing baseball, to see what other meanings lie within. When an important member of the circle, Jackie who is one of Kevin's best friends, dies tragically and in front of the group, the boys struggle to remain the same, but without Jackie. The lesson they learn is that you can still be you, but just a different version.
Ryan's Woods is full of profound conversations, observations and unbridled boyhood wonder and innocent musings that actually make sense and invokes those all too familiar feelings that everyone had at this time of life. Author Patrick Creevy makes long sentences conversational rather than run-on and as a result, the book seems to flow along in the language of youthful, typical boys who often speak in hurried and distracted tones, perfectly. Patrick Creevy is an excellent storyteller and Kevin's story feels like a favorite relative is sharing his youth.