G. M. Frazier A Death on the Wolf

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A Death on the Wolf

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WINNER of the Kindle Book Review's 2012 "Best Indie Books" contest for Literary Fiction.

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Afterword by the author.

"The summer I turned sixteen I shot a man."  With that simple declaration, Nelson Gody begins his story of the summer of 1969 and the events that would change his life forever.

Nelson lives with his widower father and his five-year-old sister on their small farm outside Bells Ferry, Mississippi.  It's an idyllic world grounded in family and friendship, a world full of farm chores and lazy afternoons swimming in the Wolf River with Frankie, his best friend.

Things begin to change when Nelson opens his heart and falls in love with Mary Alice, the orphan from a children's home who is spending the summer next door.  In the midst of dealing with the emotional rollercoaster of first love, Nelson learns the secret his best friend has been harboring (he's gay) and nearly trashes his life-long friendship with Frankie.  Just when it seems the two boys have worked it all out, saving their friendship, a mysterious stranger who's been seen around town on an exotic motorcycle interjects himself into their world, and gives Frankie the chance to explore his burgeoning sexuality--with horrific consequences.  Capped by the devastation of Hurricane Camille, no one escapes unscathed from those six weeks in the summer of '69.

Told with narrative drive that pulls you completely into the story, A Death on the Wolf is an uncompromising coming of age tale full of hard-hitting issues tackled head-on with courage; not only by the author, but by the characters he's created.  "Real, gritty, heartwarming, with characters and a setting you can see, feel, and taste" (Kindle Book Review), Nelson's unvarnished fictional memoir will introduce you to a time and place that is no more--and yet shows how courage, love, and friendship are timeless concepts in the face of life's trials and tribulations.

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Here is a review published by a reader on Goodreads.  As an author, I truly cherish reviews like this, where a reader was as deeply affected in reading the story as I was in the writing of it.

A lot happened in the summer of 1969. Man first set foot on the moon. Hurricane Camille devastated large parts of the Gulf Coast states. Nelson Patrick Gody, of Bells Ferry, Mississippi, celebrated his 16th birthday and had things happen to him and around him that would change his life forever. The term "coming of age" is often overused -- but not here. This novel explores the bittersweet pleasure and agonizing distress of teen-age friendship and first love -- and the unfathomable menace of pure evil. I found the characterizations to be nothing short of astonishing. Until I read this story, I thought that only Charles Dickens had the seemingly magical gift of letting the reader, in a scant handful of words, seem actually to see the scene almost like a photograph, and of consistently presenting dialog so true to life that you'd think you were actually hearing the characters speak. Well, I now think that G. M. Frazier shares that talent, and very often to the same degree. Seldom have I encountered fictional characters who took on such vivid, three-dimensional life that, even without detailed descriptions, I felt I actually knew them. That's what happened in reading this book. Two or three times the exquisite exactness of Mr. Frazier's word choice actually left me breathless, with a "Yes! That's exactly right" reaction. The story itself is sometimes funny, often heart-rending, and just about impossible to put down. The descriptions of daily life are so bullseye perfect that time and again they took me back to my own childhood and teen years, now way over a half century past. I don't mind a bit saying that this book moved me to tears a dozen times. I hated like anything to leave some of the characters behind: I felt they were my friends by the book's end. I will definitely be reading A Death on the Wolf again. It is not apt to leave my mind -- ever. It's simply a wonder, and, I think, a great gift from a very talented writer. If you're disappointed by this book, I despair of knowing what one to suggest to you. I cannot recommend it highly enough.  --Jon Rutherford

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