The Obstacle Course by J. F. Freedman

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After growing up in a hardscrabble Maryland town, a teenage boy will stop at nothing to pursue his dream
It’s 1957, and fifteen-year-old Roy Poole has again been awakened by the nightly argument between his mother, his sister, and his hard-drinking father. Roy sneaks away after the old man passes out, and hitches a ride to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, to use its brutal obstacle course, which he can run better than most midshipmen. Whenever he’s navigating the ropes, gullies, and jumps, Roy finds that he’s able to leave his troubles behind. Roy’s dream is to join the Academy as a midshipman, but after years of bad grades and mishaps, Annapolis is a long shot. When a chance encounter with a retired admiral sets him on the path to a better life, Roy will face his greatest obstacle yet.

About J. F. Freedman

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J. F. Freedman lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Published May 28, 2013 by Open Road Media. 464 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Business & Economics. Fiction

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 Episodic coming-of-age tale from Freedman, here showing little of the flair for high melodrama that marked his robust literary debut, Against the Wind (1991).

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PW called this rite-of-passage novel set in Maryland in 1957 ``a wonderfully truthful tale about youthful choice and change.'' (Feb.)

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Set in southern Maryland during the first three months of 1957, this excellent novel by the author of Against the Wind is a first-person narrative by 14-year-old Roy Poole, who runs the obstacle cours

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