by Chris Drnaso


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In the Summer of Love, how can love be wrong? The story of four friends coming of age in Chicago in the small southwest side neighborhood of Clearing. Clearing, a melting pot welcoming of all peoples provided they are Irish, Polish, German, or Italian. Clearing; a sheltered enclave...fiercely protective of preserving their status quo... fearful of change... fearful of infiltration.As our four friends wade into their teen years life takes them beyond the borders of Clearing. All will make discoveries both amazing and frightening about themselves and their world. One of the four, Billy, will find something as forbidden as it is perilous as it is wonderful. Anonymity would be safest but the universe has conspired to cast Billy and those he cares most about into a very public light. Will he survive as he's whisked towards a date with destiny that he didn't ask for and doesn't want? The backdrop...the 1960s. In a time of political unrest, public demonstrations, hippies, demands for equality, and an unwinnable war how and why would the City turn its attention to a small group of teenagers? But the world does watch with keen interest as their story has galvanized all into two divergent camps.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511541251
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/14/2015
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

Chris Drnaso was born in Chicago in the early 1950s and raised in Clearing but wants the world to know this story is not autobiographical. He is grateful to report that his life was much more pedestrian and uneventful. He is a thirty-plus year veteran of the telecommunication industry but if you ask for details he's likely to tell you he's 'The Cable Guy' and will leave it at that. Chris married his college sweetheart and soul mate Marilyn and make their home in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, not far from his boyhood Clearing home. Chris and Marilyn have two sons; Matthew and Nicholas.
Chris is an eight year cancer survivor. In 2008, he wrote a comedy routine on living with cancer and for the next several years performed as The Cancer Comic at multiple venues throughout the northern part of Illinois.
He has been a stained glass artist for over thirty years. His passions include reading, writing and taking long walks in the woods with Abbey Road, his eighty-pound sort of a Black Lab.

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