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"Argo successfully creates a profound, multilayered tapestry that's full of nuance. [His] first-person perspective creates a fragile aura around the unfolding events, and makes them wholly unpredictable ... The authentic dialogue is especially effective; each restrained syllable conveys as much as a five-page soliloquy ... In a style that's evocative of S.E. Hinton's classic works, with a dash of Daniel Woodrell's Southern grit, [Argo's] novel is an engrossing, heartbreakingly real novel of the South" - Kirkus Reviews
"The Sum of His Worth is a work of serious literary fiction, a coming-of-age story set in a time of national upheaval ... rich in ambiance, descriptive detail, and incident ... My interest never flagged in this convincing, meaningful, and deeply immersive tale." -- Ron Terpening, author of Nine Days in October and Tropic of Fear.
"Argo's fiction rings chillingly true." -- The San Diego Union
"Electrifying and hugelyentertaining, TheSum of His Worth is a well-crafted novels with powerfulthemes that reminded me of the writings of Richard Wright and Langston Hughes,a work that brilliantly showcases the racial atmosphere in Alabama in the 60s.
"The author has a greatgift for both plot and character, and the themes are masterfully woven into theintricacies of the action-packed plot.
"Disturbing and raw,you won't put it down, even if your heart bleeds at times." Arya Fomonyuy, Readers'Favorite 5 Stars
"Ron Argo's latest novel, The Sum of His Worth, is an unusual and highly charged combination of social fiction and coming-of-age story. It stars a young man named Sonny Poe, whose ordinary teenage preoccupations are complicated by the fact that his small hometown - Woodstock, Alabama in the 1960s - is a stronghold of the KKK and a boiling cauldron of both racism and nascent activism.
"Sonny is taken under the tutelage of a passionate racially-crusading doctor, and the bulk of the novel follows them as they encounter all the violence and hatred their racist townsfolk can throw at them.
"Argo does an excellent job humanizing his characters and bringing all the tensions of the era vividly to life - while simultaneously giving readers a very affecting portrait of young Sonny's high-school years. Argo doesn't flinch from the raw nature of his subject matter, and his skillful narration makes this a visceral, memorable novel." Historical Novels Review
"Ron Argo's depiction of Alabama in the late 50s and early 60s is as unrelenting as a shutter click, the image clear and unforgiving. From grits and okra to the horror show of white robes and burning crosses, the images are spot on perfect. So are the characters ... No reader will fail to come out of it unchanged." -- Sharon Skains, author of Waltzing with the Devil
"Jim Crow was interwoven with growing up in small-town Southern life. Argo has captured this nuance ... Here, courage is not a single act, but an ongoing commitment that can separate one from everything that is deeply loved." --Colonel Michael Moran, USMC (Ret)

From the Author

Since I grew up during the 1960s in an Alabama  town that Woodstock closely resembled--Anniston--I pulled from my own experiences and memories for much of the body of this story, and it was easy enough to gather other data from archives. What was difficult, I'll tell you, was getting into the trenches with those memories and realities to put together this story. The hard part was coming to terms today with the hate and prejudices that were my environment back then.

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  • File Size: 1035 KB
  • Print Length: 376 pages
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  • Publication Date: January 6, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A3K3A3G
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