Far From Good is a tale of friendship during changing times. I really enjoyed this read. It was like going back in time and for a first time writer, Stephen Van Zant did an amazing job at bringing the characters to life.
This book shows us the many personalities of those around us. We all come with a story. We call carry baggage. Our actions and attitudes reflect the pain we carry in our heart. Prejudice comes in many forms and whatever the form it is ugly to the extreme. I thought the writer brought that out very poignantly.
This is a story that belongs in the hands of every child. A story read to them by their parents or shared in the school room. It opens us discussion and brings to the forefront just what one man's choices can do to another man's life.
This is a well written gem. A story that takes you to the heart of a matter and changes you as you read the pages. Bullying is one topic this book touches. We see both sides and the effects it leaves on the heart. Again, this is a book for all to read. One that has the power to bring awareness to today's world.
This book was a gift from WinePress Publishing for it's review.
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Review 2 for Far From Good: The Trial of Sam Cray - eBook
This review is fromFar From Good: The Trial of Sam Cray.
An Unforgettable Novel of Coming of Age in the 1970s in Kidron Country Kentucky
Stephen Van Zant has captured the pent up emotional state brought about by intimidation, prejudice, and the misuse of personal power in his book “Far From Good.”
Colgate Junior High classmates, Sam Cray, Nick Walker, Simon Puckett, Bates Williams, and Josh Carlisle anticipate a summer free of studies and responsibilities as they leave their homeroom after their final class as seventh graders in June of 1975.
Sam faces new complexities including the emotional trauma of his parent’s recent divorce, relocating to a new neighborhood next door to his domineering, outspoken, racially bigoted football coach. Things get even more complicated when Sam testifies as a witness in court after an altercation with another Colgate student DeWayne Webb and Coach Bedford. As racial tensions rise Sam’s life is endangered during an end of summer overnight canoe trip with his friends.
Van Zant is a gifted story teller; his characterizations are true to life. The action packed plot keeps the reader engaged throughout the entire novel. I experienced a sense of renewal and purpose as I examined my own biases, personal inconsistencies and motivation as a result of the courage and challenge of Sam Cray and his friends.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. As reviewed for Midwest Book Review.