It is the long hot summer of 1960. Elvis is back at Graceland following two years of Service. A half dozen of his young neighbors are approaching adulthood in a turbulent time. The Russians are coming, communists are everywhere, their Rock and Roll music is an instrument of the Devil. More troubling than the hostile climate, though, is the sexual tension between the youngsters themselves. Some resolution does come, happily, when Lamar Jensen decides to throw the wildest party the town has ever seen. It is known to the day as Lamar's Rebellion.
Author Biography: James S. Gibons was born in Chicago, but grew up in Memphis, about a mile south of Graceland. He worked five years for the Memphis daily newspaper, The Commercial Appeal, until he was drafted in 1966 during the Vietnam Conflict. He has worked as a journalist, columnist, and in other areas of publishing. He holds a B.A. Degree in Fiction Writing (cum laude) from Sonoma State University. This is his third book. He lives with his wife Laura in the wine region of northern California.
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Having these teen years exactly in area of novel made it extra delightful read. Brought back many personal memories of that area and Elvis at that time. Gibons' exceptional gift of story telling a must read for us 'baby boomers'.
Lamar's Rebellion, the new novel by James S. Gibons, succeeds on many levels. It is a powerful loss-of-innocence tale that is tightly plotted and well written. As was the case in his previous novel, The Drummer's Wife, Mr. Gibons exhibits both a discerning eye and a mastery of the English language. He also shows us once again that he is a peceptive student of the human condition and a master storyteller. This time, he focuses on a group of teenagers coming of age in the shadow of Graceland in the hot summer of 1960. Their crackling sexuality is as young and strong as the Rock and Roll of their neighbor, Elvis Presley, who may be the most positive force in their lives. There is a sense of outrage and betrayal as the characters collide with the propaganda and dogma of the Southern Christian culture. Fourteen-year-old Holly Jensen is betrayed by her boy friend, her parents, her doctor, and the police. Jeremy Grant, who spent three years in a Catholic seminary, has been betrayed by the church, his own faith, and particularly by one priest, Father Angelo. Lamar, betrayed only by his own wild nature, is the firebrand who ignites the explosive events leading to the legendary 'wildest party ever.' Perhaps Lamar's Rebellion seems so authentic because it is based on the author's own youthful experience. Gibons grew up in Memphis, about a mile from Graceland. He, too, met 'The King' and was forever changed because of it. In any case, Lamar's Rebellion is a fast paced 'page-turner' guaranteed to keep you up past your bedtime. It also guarantees James S. Gibons place as an important American novelist.