Reunion begins and ends with the 45th reunion of the 1960 class of Princeton, West Virginia. Set in a small town on the southern edge of the state, it deals with usual themes of coming-of-age and high school, as well as the once-in-a-lifetime experience of desegregation and its impact on a group of friends. In addition, the debut novel, written in the first person in an engaging style, probes the relationship, or lack of it, between an emotionally-distant father and his son, who much later in life begins to understand what it means to grow up as the adult child of an alcoholic.
The characters are rich and varied, with the very essence of Americana: high school, football, and social interactions on multiple levels; the music of the 50’s; the thrill of short-wave ham radio; a unique peer group, including an emerging high school rock band; and of course the family of origin, a complex mix of stately Virginians and more informal Kentuckians.
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Framed by narrator Jim Jackson’s high school reunion in the middle-class Southern town of Princeton, W.Va., George’s novel spends the bulk of its pages on Jim’s memories of his rather conventional teenage pastimes: ham radio, dances, assisting the school’s venerated football team.Jul 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Reunion
While the “vast majority” of mammals give birth to live young, marsupials will host them in a pouch (the kangaroo, we learn, can simultaneously provide different kinds of milk for its differently aged offspring) and mammalian monotremes like the “short-beaked echidna,” which resembles a spiny pla...May 14 2009 | Read Full Review of Reunion
1 topic of conversation at his class's 30th high school reunion, Dougie Siefried comments: ''At 16, when the rest of us were popping zits in the bathroom and trying to scrounge more allowance out of our dads, John Reddy was a man.'' It is not clear at first whether John Reddy reciprocates or i...Aug 08 1999 | Read Full Review of Reunion
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