White Boy Blues Kindle Edition
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About the Author
After writing a cowboy story in the fifth grade, Ozzie Cheek knew he would be a writer. But his life first took many detours. Among other things, he studied for the Methodist clergy, taught school, lived in a commune, owned businesses, and traveled the world.
His first publications were stories in literary magazines. His first writing income came from selling erotic letters to a men’s magazine under a female pen name.
In 1995 Ozzie moved to Los Angeles and went on to write screenplays or TV series episodes for HBO, Showtime, NBC, CBS, and Fox. He wrote and produced the TV movie Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye, and he is the author of the suspense-thriller Claws and the coauthor of the nonfiction narrative Why Planes Crash. White Boy Blues is his second novel.
For more information, please visit OzzieCheekWriter.com.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00TPERKQY
- Publisher : Create Space Independent Publishing Platform (February 16, 2015)
- Publication date : February 16, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 953 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 220 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1503274071
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,011,266 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In White Boy Blues we follow Ned Pentecost through the good and the bad. We follow him as he strays from his life as a minister to find communes, woman, and drugs. We follow him as he becomes a teacher and then leaves teaching when he fails to save one of his students. We follow him from one betrayal to the next. If you are like me you will find yourself rooting on the side lines as he ventures into the realm of drug dealing, hoping against hope that he won’t get himself into legal trouble, or worse, killed. You’ll find yourself hoping that this relationship will work out for him. You’ll find yourself hoping that someday Ned will find what he is looking for.
White Boy Blues was incredibly well written and extremely engaging. I look forward to reading more work by Ozzie Cheeks.
Normally it wouldn't be pertinent to share that much biographical data, but Ozzie's third novel is far from being a `normal ` novel - and that is where he shines - and even echoes many aspects of Ozzie's fascinating life. This book is labeled `a novel in stories' and it doesn't take the reader long to understand the category. Ozzie tells a most engrossing tale, one that is so full of American history of the latter half of the 20th century that it is bound to be a significant addition to all libraries. But in addition to unraveling his yarn from 1957 to 1988 he colors his canvas with little asides mini-plots/stories that enhance the ongoing tale while allowing the reader to become more intimately involved with his main character Ned Pentecost.
On the author's website he offers `a ridiculously short summary' of his novel. But that summary covers that scope of the novel well and so it is quoted here; After a traumatic childhood in rural Missouri, Ned Pentecost becomes a young minister with a wife and a safe future. But his life is upended in 1969 when he is exposed to free love and illegal drugs and heeds the call of the counterculture. Ned soon is entangled in drug deals, steamy affairs, untimely deaths, and painful betrayals, a web that takes him from communes to seedy motels, from Bogotá to Paris, and from classrooms to jail cells. Women loom large throughout the journey - good women, bad women, dangerous women. Anchored in the tumultuous decades of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, the coming-of-age novel explores themes of violence, betrayal, and redemption, while Ned undergoes numerous transformations in his search for love and purpose. In the end, Ned's story, like a good blues song, ultimately strikes a chord of hope.'
Ozzie Cheek arrives with this novel. The style matches the topic, the language crackles as loudly as the many of events he traverses, he is not afraid to challenge our senses on many levels, reminding us of the wildly incredible social changes that drugs, war, political corruption, and the birth of national cynicism that this period bred. Terrific writing from a man who knows his trade! Grady Harp, February 15
The complex nature of his journey, despite being somewhat unrealistic from a distance, still felt like a documentary - a true life account of some truly twisted adventures that thousands of people similarly experienced in that dynamic era. If you've ever wanted to see the world change through someone else's ever-changing eyes and mind, then Cheek's offering might be precisely what you're looking for. It's a fascinating ride that will leave you wanting more, but also asking yourself about the limits you're willing to push in your own life. A Truly Great Read.