If Jack's in Love by Stephen Wetta

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Every neighborhood has that house: The one with the broken down cars in the front yard; the one where the father is always out of work and starting fights with other dads;the one no one wants to go near. Twelve-year-old Jack Witcher lives in that house.

And that’s just where his problems begin.

It is 1967 and Jack’s father has lost his job, yet again. The war in Vietnam is perpetually on the news, and Jack is in love with a girl named Myra. But Myra’s family is the opposite of Jack’s. Her father is well dressed and well spoken. Her brother is the town’s golden boy. Jack schemes to win Myra’s love with the only person in town who will deign to be his friend, the town jeweler and sole Jew. But when Myra’s brother goes missing, Jack’s pot-smoking older brother becomes suspect number one...

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STEPHEN WETTA grew up in the ′60s and ′70s, was influenced by the music and the literature of the time, drank, used drugs, got into financial trouble, and spent far too much time reading and writing. He knocked around for years at different jobs, didn't like any of them, and got sober without wanting to. Somehow he wound up with a Ph.D., and worked for ten years as an adjunct. His academic career was singularly undistinguished, and he was eventually hired full-time by a school that couldn't get rid of him, shortly before being jailed for tax evasion. If Jack's in Love is his first novel.
Published September 29, 2011 by Berkley. 369 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Myra likes Jack, primarily because Jack is the school’s smartest kid, and Stan has found a new love in Anya, hippie daughter of the Taylors, rich folk new in the neighborhood.

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The tale revolves around a popular boy going missing and suspicion falling on Jack's violent, druggy brother, which affects Jack's love life, as he's fallen for the missing boy's sister, and divides a family's loyalties between those willing to lie and abet and those who cannot.

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If Jack’s in Love was published September 29, 2011 Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam 368 pages A spark.

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Portland Book Review

All Jack wants is to win the heart of Myra Joyner, a Herculean task made even more difficult by the fact that Stan is the prime suspect in the disappearance of Myra’s older brother.

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Southern Lit Review

I can’t understand writers who profess writing to be painful, or complain they haven’t enough time.

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Southern Lit Review

The transition between tormented boyhood and teenage angst is difficult enough for young genius Jack Witchner.

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