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Libraries, the heartbeat of Small Town America

Both books in our Summers Run series have been donated to libraries in the Bitterroot Valley, Montana: The Missoula Public Library, the North Valley Library, and the Bitterroot Public Library in Hamilton.

Books have been donated to public libraries in Meadville, Titusville, Springboro, Cambridge Springs, Cochranton, Washington, Williamsport, and Lock Haven, all in Pennsylvania.

It’s been our pleasure to do this, in this day of limited resources and budgetary restraints.
Patronize your local libraries: there’s more going on there than just books. These are not the dull, stereotypically dry and dusty halls of yesterday. They are alive and lively institutions of learning, entertainment, and imaginative, worthwhile stimulation. . . . Jim Cotton
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words, my next novel in the Summers Run series. The publisher is in a bit of a dilemma in categorizing this one. Is it a:

Young Adult

Young Adult Coming-of-Age

A Literary Work

An Intergenerational Novel

Or should it be classified as General Fiction/Baseball?

The issue arises because Return To Summers Run involves all the above. It should be available later this month or early June through online retailers, from the publisher, or through your local bookstore. It’s being published as a softcover and e-book.

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the Edna Ferber Pulitzer Prize-winning novel being aired on the Turner Classic Movies channel. Three different film versions of this work have been produced, the last in 1953, starring Jane Wyman, shown here with Claude Jarman, Jr., in a scene from The Yearling. So Big will air on Turner Classic Movies, May 8 at 3 pm EST.  Check with TCM.com where one can confirm showing for different time zones. So Big deals with a teacher’s experience on the frontier. Here’s TCM’s blurb:

“A schoolteacher-turned-farmer fights to save the land and her son.”

As described, this film appears to fit the themes and interests of this blog. Ferber and Willa Cather were contemporaries and occasionally wrote of their American experiences on the frontier and the state of the nation’s development during the early 1900s. Aside from So Big, Ferber’s Showboat and Giant have enjoyed wide acceptance and were produced as feature films. Cather’s Pioneer Trilogy–O Pioneers!, Song of the Lark, My AntoniaOne of Ours, and Death Comes for the Archbishop were also critically acclaimed. O Pioneers, Song of the Lark, Paul’s Case, and A Lost Lady have been adapted to film.

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At Kobobooks.com , Smashwords.com , Barnes & Noble.com , Amazon.com , iUniverse.com , and enTourage.com 

It continues to be well-received, appealing to those who like a “feel-good-at-the-end” novel. If you like Jan Karon’s Mitford Series and the Father Tim novels she’s written, you should like Summers Run: An American Boyhood. Jan Karon’s website is www.mitfordbooks.com

Reviews and sample chapters of Summers Run: An American Boyhood can be found at afeelgoodnovel.blogspot.com or www.alongcountryroads.com

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You can read reviews and learn more about Summers Run: An American Boyhood at afeelgoodnovel.blogspot.com and www.alongcountryroads.com

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Here are some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) you might find of interest about Summers Run . . . .

 

Is the setting an actual community? Drawn from the northwestern corner of rural Pennsylvania. Pymatuning County is as close as it gets.

Are the characters taken from real life? They’re imaginary but pieced together from uncles, aunts, cousins,  neighbors, and personalities met later in life. The character of Nathean Summers is very loosely based on a number of real-life child actors who either had a lengthy career in film or who faded, as did many, as they reached adulthood.

There’s quite a bit about the film industry and child actors. Is this an interest of yours? Most everyone finds motion pictures and some movies in particular to be of interest. Nathean draws on his film experience to guide Claude into the teenage years ahead.

Are any of the events or descriptions based on your actual experience? Very little. Almost entirely fictitious.

What is the main theme? Children learn best from modeling and example.

Now that it’s published, is there anything you would like to change? No, other than to catch those few printing and proofing gremlins that seem to sneak in despite one’s vigilance. I’m certain my high school English teachers would have circled such in red.  Commas and periods give my aging eyesight fits.

The ending leaves us wondering: will there will be a sequel? Yes, in the works presently.  Return to Summers Run begins with bittersweet end of the Panthers’ Little League season and takes us on toward the decision Claude and his families must work out concerning his future.

Will the sequel develop any romantic interest between Nathean and Daisy, Claude’s mother? Hmmmm.

What about sample chapters? Yes, indeed. Sample chapters are available on amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com through their “Look Inside” or “See Inside” features.

B&N allows you to preview five chapters. Smashwords.com offers as much as 50 percent of the book free before buying.  The price there is now $4.80 and can be downloaded as an ebook or read online in many different formats.

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Summers Run: An American Boyhood by James L. Cotton

E-Book Readers: Summers Run, a “feel good” novel is available  online through Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, Kobobooks.com, and Smashwords.com among other e-book publishers. One can also order it through local bookstores or from the publisher, iUniverse.

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