A Full-Grown Man

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By his eighteenth birthday, Ben Bennefield is known as the boy who lost his heart to the Yankee girl who spent her summers in Gold Dust. Anna Mancini, an artist from New York, is older and far more sophisticated than Ben. Though she takes him as her lover, by summer's end, she realizes the vast differences in their backgrounds and she leaves the small southern town abruptly.

Ben had planned to graduate from high school and attend college. But his dreams fade when both parents ...

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Overview

By his eighteenth birthday, Ben Bennefield is known as the boy who lost his heart to the Yankee girl who spent her summers in Gold Dust. Anna Mancini, an artist from New York, is older and far more sophisticated than Ben. Though she takes him as her lover, by summer's end, she realizes the vast differences in their backgrounds and she leaves the small southern town abruptly.

Ben had planned to graduate from high school and attend college. But his dreams fade when both parents die within years of each other, leaving young Ben heir to the family cotton farm. Through the years, Ben is bewitched by a cast of female characters, each harboring their own secrets, but he never forgets Anna. In his pursuit of her, Ben finds parts of his past, forcing him to search more closely for pieces that will help him move toward peace within himself and with those who scripted his life.

With endearing characters, A Full-Grown Man addresses the compelling themes of relationships, family, and the messiness of living. While establishing a powerful sense of time and place, it asks, "When does a boy become a full-grown man?"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440150081
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/8/2009
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2009

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    A CLASSIC!

    I read A Full-Grown Man in two sittings, late into the night. This book was given to me by a friend, who said, "Another great southern novel." I didn't know what to think at that moment, but now, I understand what he meant. The characters had to have been real at one time in the author's life; none were perfect, merely people, and I like that in a novel. Ben is my favorite; his obsession with Anna was heart wrenching. After days now, I still think about him quite often, along with several of the other characters. Ben, a rural farm boy in 1950, is obsessed with an older woman from New York, is taken over by family secrets, and for years, he searches for pieces of his past to pull his life together. The sincerity throughout is magnificent, and its emotions are intense. This is a compelling read, sad at times, I found, but happy, too, about family, relationships, and sensitive issues we tangle with today. A highly rewarding read, but more so, an experience that kept me up late. Go for it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2013

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    The protagonist Ben, is in love with the beautiful Anna, but mor

    The protagonist Ben, is in love with the beautiful Anna, but more than age difference makes their love impossible. Ben’s plans for his future with Anna must take a backseat due to circumstances beyond his control.

    Ben must drop out of high school and take over Bennefield Farm at the age of18, losing as much if not more than he gained; the way Ben saw things.

    A Full-Grown Man reads like a memoir, which also contains some history of living in southern Louisiana, in the town of Gold Dust. The timeframe as told by Ben of A Full-Grown Man is from the 50s thru the70s.

    In each of our lives, there are many paths to becoming who we are and finding our one true love. A Full-Grown Man is the tale of Ben’s search for the love he knows is his. The search takes Ben many years, people touching his life, and many ancestors controlling his life.

    Ben, at the age of approximately 18, must learn to deal with the angst of youth, becoming a responsible landowner; responsible for the well-being of others as well as others working the land. Because of others in his life controlling him for longer than he knew, Ben had no choice

    Over time, Ben learns much about how people around him have been devious behind his back, and stories about the people living in Gold Dust, Louisiana. The many untold stories Ben knew for most of his life growing up, and living in Gold Dust.

    A Full-Grown Man is a story everyone can relate to about being in love for the first time, in their teen years.

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  • Posted August 9, 2009

    Bunkie and Beyond

    Bill Hunt returns to the lost world of old Bunkie, Louisiana, in this new novel. In his Last Witness from a Dirt Road, Hunt explored the influences upon his adolescent hero growing up as a plantation overseer's son in the '40s and '50s. He was a true witness to the apartheid world in which he dwelled, and his story chronicled the lives of the black folk among whom he matured.

    In this romantic, nostalgic story, we see a man who is a more mature version of his first hero. Reminiscent of the kind of fellows who populated the works of fellow Louisianan Walker Percy, Hunt's provincial boy finds his way to manhood through the heady influences of womenfolk, mothers and lovers. Boy meets girl...boy loses girl.... Hunt's style is courtly and dignified, complemented by rich and lucid depiction of place, time, and detail. A satisfying read.

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

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    Fantastic!

    I happened upon this book, and captured by its cover. What a wrenching love story that tore out my heart. I fell in love with Ben. All the characters are beautifully defined, and the author paints a wonderful backdrop in a small Louisiana town in the mid twentieth century, and in New York and Paris. A very compelling read. Its characters are uniquely intertwined; its twists and turns are exciting, and Mr. Hunt has the extraordinary ability to "bring them on" at just the right time. An unusual character is the Gold Dust Bridge, "the keeper of our memories," and an applauded work of art. Detail is wonderful. This captivating novel, surely, will reach the big screen, and I'd love to choose the cast. Tonight, I'll start reading it again, savoring its flavor!

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    Posted August 8, 2009

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