|Don't judge a book by its cover.|
Sex in secret leads to more than he'd bargained for. Stanley is a schoolteacher, and his lover, Amy Rawlings, is the mother of one of his pupils. Amy is strong-minded and defends what she wants, not just for herself and for her methamphetamine-addicted husband, but also for her child, Ginny. It is a delicate and volatile situation.
While trying to keep up appearances, Stanley also becomes involved in the struggles of Jim and Christine Snow, two children in the special education program at his school, and he befriends Nelson, an angry divorced father. These people need him, and he needs them, in ways that will surprise and challenge Stanley.
Ultimately, Stanley Mercer must decide how much he will accommodate the everyday lies, the awkward truths, and the risks involved when respectable adults behave badly - including himself. Because the most vulnerable people in Legion are its children.
Humorous, poignant, and uncompromising, Back in the Game is the story of rural America in the era of globalization, a place where the old cliches of country life no longer apply, but the yearnings for connection, for community and for love still run strong.-book description
Breezy . . . satisfying . . . funny. --Publishers Weekly
|This book feels like a Paul Rudd kind of movie.|
Charles Holdefer grew up on a farm in south-central Iowa. His previous novel, The Contractor, was an American Bookseller's Association Book Sense Pick. Other novels include, Nice and Apology for Big Rod. A graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop and the Sorbonne, he teaches at the University of Poitiers, France.
I liked that it was such a character driven story. The story shed light from living in a small town to what everyday schools have to put up with, and how many have to wear many hats when it comes to teaching in a small town.