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- DescriptionBRETON HEIGHTS is a vel set in the rthwest Chicago suburbs in the years 1971-74. Julie Richards, a thirty-five year old teacher of second graders at the Breton Heights Academy, has what most would call a fulfilling life-an apartment, new car and close friends. But she also has a past that haunts her-sexual abuse by her stepfather, a brief teen marriage, and a tragic love affair with a married man that produced unintended consequences. As a result, she's given up on men and relationships. When Ray Vaughn, a former Chicago Bulls player, is hired to teach 11th grade social studies and coach the Academy's basketball team, he takes an interest in Julie but is rebuffed. Later, after tutoring one of Ray's best players, Julie's attitude softens and she begins to see him in a different light. The nature of their relationship changes from hostility to tenderness to love. As the vel progresses, we encounter three other primary characters, some enchanting second graders, an abused boy, a quartet of NBA players, a few newborns and a host of other memorable and intriguing persons. Along the way there are side trips to Mexico and Italy that lend intrigue, plus a host of dramatic high school basketball games with the Academy Bulldogs in search of Triple-A championships. Readers of WHITEPAPER FALLS (by this same author) will find answers here to all their unanswered questions, while those who haven't yet discovered that earlier vel can rest assured that this new work succeeds on its own merits. BRETON HEIGHTS isn't just read. It's experienced.
- Author BiographyARLON K. STUBBE has been enchanted by reading and writing since grade school. That love of words (and an infatuation with stationery supply stores) morphed into a career of producing and delivering sermons for 41 years, stints as an op-ed writer for two local newspapers, the crafting of poems, membership in a creative writing group at Penn State and the publication of three non-fiction books. Nearing retirement, he turned to fiction. BRETON HEIGHTS is his third novel, a sequel of sorts to WHITEPAPER FALLS. An earlier published novella, ROOM 219, was the first fiction work of his to appear in print. Two other books are in preparation: APPLE OF GOLD, SETTINGS OF SILVER, a novel based on the life and times of St. John Chrysostom, and MENDOTA SHORES, a novel that focuses on Julie Richards and her life between the periods described in WPF and BH. When not at the computer creating or formatting his next book, the author can be followed at the HubPages.com web site, using the 'hubber' name of Bear Tales. He and his wife Jozette divide their time each year between homes in Florida and Pennsylvania, in addition to visiting a son in Germany or seeing plays at Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, Canada.
- Author(s)Arlon K Stubbe
- Date of Publication23/08/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight640 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine25 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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