When tragedy strikes and racial violence ensues, fifteen year-old Justin Coulter is forced from his home in Cooper’s Gulch, the logging camp where he has lived all his life. For Justin, things will never be the same. The childhood pastimes—hunting for arrowheads and looking for fools’ gold in the creek—have lost their charm. Sunday afternoon picnics and trips to see the circus are things of the past.
On an isolated ranch, with only his mother’s Uncle Hal and Waters, his father’s black partner, to guide him, Justin struggles to find himself and his place in a world that has filled with misery and loss.
Twenty miles from the ranch, folks in the little town of Glory know hard times, too, as they contend with the hardships of the Depression. It is in Glory’s one-room school that Justin learns more than how to spell and do long division when he meets Wiley, his new best friend, and Annie, a quiet, pretty girl who speaks to his heart.
As Justin comes to see the world through his own eyes, he finds the strength that hard times bring and learns that kindness and love can be found along the Glory Road.
Independent Publishers' Award
Reginoal Fiction - West Coast
March 26, 2017
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After the death of his father and the disappearance of his mother, fifteen-year-old Justin Coulter finds himself in lonely seclusion on his uncle’s ranch, buoyed by the support of his father’s black partner, Waters, whose wisdom and courage inspire him to move forward with a positive attitude in the face of hardship.
As a victim of racial violence, Waters views human nature with equanimity even as prejudice once again rears its ugly head. The nearby village of Glory is a microcosm of small-town America, and like every small town, it has its bullies. But there are also plenty of loving, warmhearted people, and the one-room schoolhouse provides Justin with a sense of direction along with happiness as he meets his sweetheart and bonds with his best friend. At the same time, Justin must realize that life is never simple, and when his long-lost Momma reappears with a surprise for him, he faces a future that will come with complications.
As seen through the eyes of a teenaged boy during the Great Depression, The Glory Road is written with humor and an incisive understanding of human nature. For people who find people interesting, this book is a must-read.