In the summer of 1923, eighteen-year old Elijah Cockburn is enjoying typical small-town Midwestern life in Menninger, North Dakota, when a confrontation forces him and his friends Merle and Pearl and their cousin Axel to hitch a freight and head into the American West. Awaiting them are Wobblies, railroad bulls, bootleggers, the Jack Dempsey-Tommy Gibbons title fight, hobo jungles, pickpockets, President Warren G. Harding, and San Francisco, where Elijah's brother Josh shows him a new way to look at life. Memorable characters, such as Twig, Bear, Boss, Lucretia, Hiram and his dog JJ, Miss Hoar, Black Betty, White Hair, and Duke inhabit the novel.
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Published June 28, 2012
Literature & Fiction.