Small Town Sins And Secrets Can Be Deadly In This Historical Fiction Authored Across Generations
By: Touchpoint Press
"Second Son", originally written in 1963, offers a realism and accuracy that historical fiction fans will adore. The original author, Herman Willis Logan, poured his heart and soul into this depiction of a life just like his own: a childhood as a farmer's son darkened by the Great Depression and cut short by World War II.
Just like Towanna, Logan had settled into the farmer's life when he was drafted into the army and shipped off to Europe. All of Towanna's worries and struggles actually happened, which is why "Second Son" rings true to the heart. It is all too easy to become absorbed in Towanna's family struggles, his longing to make something of himself, and the intense bullying, scandal, and struggle that he undergoes.
"Second Son" is a historical fiction that fans of World War II and coming-of-age novels alike will not want to miss.
About the Book
In Mississippi, 1938, an eighth-grade education is all young Towanna Whitaker needs to be a sharecropper. Still, he is determined to finish high school and "be somebody"—until vicious rumors, bullying, and public shame drive his mother to abandon the family. It falls to a guilt-ridden Towanna to give up his education and care for the baby girl she leaves behind.
Towanna finds unexpected peace and purpose in caring for his baby sister while his pa and older brother bring in the crops—and great comfort in the presence of Kathy, their neighbor's daughter, who gives him a taste of what true love is like. But World War II arrives all too soon to tear them apart. Drafted into the army and deployed to Europe, Towanna must face death, loss, and his deepest fears if he's to survive the War and find his way home.