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'Denker has attracted a following in public libraries.' - Library Journal 'A veteran novelist.' - Booklist The Young family are happily living the American dream. Willard "Pepper" Young is a successful salesman with a devoted wife, Lily, and two wonderful kids, Bud and Gwen. Until the New Year's Day when Pepper has way too many drinks to be able to handle the car on the icy roads. But it's sixteen year-old Bud who suffers - he's in a deep coma and his chances of recovery are slim. As Pepper faces up to his guilt and his alcoholism, Bud has his own battle to face.
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Denker is an author, playwright, radio, screen and television writer. Trained as a lawyer, Denker found the excitment and drama he sought in creative writing.From Kirkus Reviews:
The language is often as clinical as the subject matter in this simple, monotonous story of a golden boy's fight back from a brutal car accident; this time out, Denker (This Child is Mine, 1995, etc.) tackles the inherently mind-numbing topic of physical therapy with his trademark extra shot of insulin. Bud Young, ace student, star quarterback, and all-around good guy is the only son and favorite child of successful salesman and pillar of the community Willard ``Pepper'' Young. Along with his mother, Lily, and younger sister, Gwen, Bud tries to ignore his father's well-concealed drinking problem . . . until the snowy New Year's Day when Pepper gets behind the wheel of the family station wagon after far too many cups of eggnog and causes an accident that nearly costs Bud his life. Slowly and painfully, with the support and help of saintly therapist Marcy Etheridge, Bud begins his comeback, but apart from the painstaking physical demands placed on him--once out of a coma, he must learn all over again how to talk, eat, write, even walk--Bud must learn to forgive his guilt-ridden but still drinking father. The long-suffering Lily, who spends her days by her son's side throughout his arduous recovery, must also learn to forgive her husband. It takes the decision of a wise judge, who sentences the hapless Pepper to community service and daily visits to AA, to really get Pepper Young on the right track. Although Bud, Marcy, Lily, and Gwen are all drawn with a firm, consistent hand, the glimpses shown, almost incidentally, of Pepper's bigotry, misogyny, and general self-destructiveness are a disturbing, unresolved element. Denker is familiar with both his hospital setting (a description of the nature of brain trauma is unforgettable) and his moral high ground; too bad he made Pepper such an essentially contemptible cad. -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Charnwood, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11070898973X
Book Description Ulverscroft Large Print Books, 1997. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX070898973X
Book Description Charnwood, 1997. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M070898973X