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The Week of the Hero is set in Fort Worth, Texas in the early 1960's. The story is built around a week in the life of a high school student and how he and those around him deal with a sudden change of fortune in his life. The flavor of the story emanates from the times and the setting including observations about being raised in post-World War Two America. Intermixed is an effort to reveal the jumbled world of teenaged angst and maturation. The work also attempts to take an honest, if hard, look at a southwestern urban setting in the latter stages of segregation. While the story begins at a Friday night football game, it is not a sports novel. Football, and its impact upon American culture, is an undercurrent of the broader story about growing up in the last days of perceived American innocence. It was a time prior to the tumult of Vietnam, the challenging fruition of desegregation, horrific assassinations and the turmoil of Watergate, each of which played a role in a loss of trust in America the Beautiful. A major twist to the story leads to an examination of the world in which a generation known as The Baby Boomers was raised. In the end this is a slice of life story about a young man growing up and dealing with the opening salvo of a country in transition. Portions of the work may be hard to read because of some difficult and potentially offensive language.
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