In the Shadows of the Oaks: An Urban Tale

In the Shadows of the Oaks: An Urban Tale

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by Frank Settineri
     
 

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This is the hard hitting story of life in an inner city. Sean Allen reluctantly accepts a teaching position in an urban school, initiating the darkest period of his life. His preconceived perceptions of the neighborhood plunge to abysmal depths as he witnesses the chaos, intimidation, racism and corruption within the school system, and the city. Encouraged by a

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This is the hard hitting story of life in an inner city. Sean Allen reluctantly accepts a teaching position in an urban school, initiating the darkest period of his life. His preconceived perceptions of the neighborhood plunge to abysmal depths as he witnesses the chaos, intimidation, racism and corruption within the school system, and the city. Encouraged by a basketball buddy Sean begins home tutoring and meets Landi, the mother of a student, who repudiates his presence from the very beginning.

The more Landi spurns him the more infatuated he becomes with her and the more he is torn between her and Brenda, a teacher he dates. Their lives become intimately entangled in the present and past and are punctuated with romance, love, hostility and betrayal.

While his encounters with Landi and Brenda spin out of control, the community also spins out of control - a vicious mayoral election, the murder of an innocent youth, an accidental death, a precipitous battle between warring street gangs and a public outcry regarding his relationship with Landi and Brenda.

Filled with tension, hostility and passion this novel exposes the corrupt state of affairs in the schools, the city, and the country, sometimes in a manner that is politically incorrect.

Although fictitious, many parts of it are played out every day in school districts throughout the country and it is the author's intent to show that despite all the outward differences between races, there are more similarities than what first meets the eye.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781468019681
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
12/02/2011
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Frank Settineri's first novel has been inspired by his time teaching in an urban school district. It is the story he had to tell and it took him only thirty years to tell it.

Through his writing he wants to send the message that although all people are unique, they are not disparate. In fact there are common threads that unite everyone and he intends on revealing those threads through his novels.

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In the Shadows of the Oaks An Urban Tale 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
cindyc2015 More than 1 year ago
This is a book that has a "wow" factor. I feel like this can't be properly placed in just a single genre because there are just so many dimensions to this story: it reads like a novel, but it addresses many important issues facing our generation today, for example. What I loved was that the author pulled a lot from his own experience into Shadows of the Oaks, and I think that really added yet another layer of realism to the story overall. The author's writing style is engaging and the story brings to light many modern day social issues that aren't talked about enough--poverty, social inequalities, drugs... and so on. While this is hardly considered a "short" read (and will likely take you plenty of time to finish) it's definitely worth it. I couldn't put it down!
MichaelNaylor More than 1 year ago
In the Shadows of the Oaks is a book that looks into the real struggles of urban schools from someone who has worked in them and actually seen these issues first hand. You can really tell the authors experience in the story and his writing reflects this first-hand knowledge. The 30 years the author took to write the book were definitely well spent.  Overall In the Shadows of the Oak is an excellent book that tells a unique story. The characters are real and come alive on the page and the story feels real and undiluted. 
ReedeTheReader More than 1 year ago
This book is both heart warming and heart wrenching. The struggle for forbidden love and the struggles of the people and kids in the inner city made me tear up more than once. The emotions are very real and I felt all of them. Books are supposed to pull you in and this one sure pulled me and made me see things in a very different light. The strong characters make it so engaging and intense I did not want it to end. The detailing is raw and hardcore and a bit graphic but it gets the point across. It was an easy read and I did enjoy it. I do like the style and depth of the author Frank Settineri and he has certainly captured my attention and I will be looking for more of his work. I strongly  recommend this book to adults, it is deep and powerful and a stark reminder of the real world. Open your mind and open your eyes and enjoy.Great job Frank!
ZeezLow More than 1 year ago
I have some free time last week so I was looking for some good reads to spend my time indoor. I guess this book that has romance and personal struggles all combined would work well. So I did not hesitate to purchase it and I spent some good time with this thick book. The story begins with Sean Allen after he starts teaching in an urban school. He found himself caught in between a mother of a student and a fellow teacher. The writing is interesting and very easy to read, but very hard to put down. It is a wonderful adventure and one of those books that stay in your mind long after reading it. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who love a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
 I am book’s author and in response to the review posted on February 8, 2012 I have edited it.  There are about 100 fewer pages and the dialog is crisper, but the story has not changed.  Regarding the politics I make no apologies for the politically incorrect position this book represents.  Extreme liberalism, excessive cronyism and incessant corruption are directly responsible for the crisis that exists in the inner city schools and these elements establish the foundation of the novel.  Without them the book would be just another tale of how bad the schools are.  With them the book shows how real change can be accomplished.  Therefore with all due deference, the politically incorrect statements remain.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to get through. I skipped 200 pages. There were parts that were fast paced but then it got bogged down in heavy poltical narratives that destroyed the flow of the story. I found Sean the main character to be weak and indecisive. Landi and Brenda flawed to the point that by the end of the book I did not care about any of them. I wanted my time and money back. Also, beware of typos and poor editing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was originally suspicious of a book being called an "epic" but I have to agree. Originally it masquerades as a trite, syrupy love story but it transforms into a realistic picture of life inside an inner city as told through the eyes of white man. The characters are so genuine that I felt they were my best friends - not heroes, only normal people with struggles who don't necessarily find solutions to their weaknesses. It's refreshing to read a book that is so realistic and authentic and is also an intriguing page turner. Thumbs up for this one!