Mikey and Me

Mikey and Me

by William Andrews

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Overview

After twenty years away from the small Wisconsin farm of his World War II era childhood, Corey Fletcher returns for the first time, intent upon redeeming a burdensome past. Flashbacks follow the lives of thirteen-year-old Corey, his nine-year-old brother Mikey, and Emily Saur, the boys' four-year summertime neighbor. Friendship turns to attraction for Corey and Emily and leads to a number of risky decisions by Corey, resulting in a "tangled web" of lies and deception on his part. A shocking encounter with the local bully; a mysterious army veteran who lives reclusively across the river; an anything-goes land-grab by post-war developers; and a tentative kiss that is the prelude to an unimaginable tragedy: from this darkness all around him emerges Corey's greatest fear: fear of himself.

The rest of the story brings the reader back to the adult Corey's return to his hometown and his efforts to rid himself of that fear by facing it directly. Far more than a "fall from innocence" story, Mikey and Me examines the post-fall question: are we forever defined by a single episode in our journey?

About the Author

After many years as an Independent School teacher and administrator, William Andrews retired to Sarasota, Florida, in 2000. He teaches creative writing to seniors at the Lifelong Learning Academy on the campus of The University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee and continues work on his own fiction writing. Previous publications include "Boys (and Girls) Will be Boys," an essay in The Nassau Review; "Intrusion" a short story in The RiverSedge; and "The Origin of Fairy Tales," a satirical piece in The MacGuffin.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781480919709
Publisher: Dorrance Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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Mikey and Me 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
JhonniP More than 1 year ago
In “Mikey and Me”, Author William Andrews brilliantly delivers a literary treat that had me captivated from the first to the last page. The characters and scenes are so well depicted that I felt like I was right there in the story with Corey, Mikey, Em, Tru (love him!), and all the others in this classic tale of growing up in a different era and having life take a dramatic, unexpected turn. Despite the emotional trials and tribulations, Corey shows resilience and weakness, and ultimately some character growth that will keep you hooked to the final scene. Page after page I was drawn deeper and deeper into this emotionally engaging and at times quite surprising story. All too often I read works that feel clearly derivative of other books and although I appreciate literary influences, when something this original comes along it is a refreshing change of pace from the norm! Some of the writing was downright lyrical in the simple elegance of the prose, and other times I was nearly breathless from the intensity and rapid-fire, gut-wrenching events. It packs such a huge emotional punch, and I enjoyed the end even though it isn’t super ‘happy’ all around, it fits well. I was surprised to see that this is William Andrews’s first novel – it reads like it is written by a seasoned pro! Recommend for readers of literary fiction, coming-of-age drama.
JeanOJO More than 1 year ago
lately I’ve been in a rut of quitting books and not picking them up again because I lost interest at one point and just never continued. And honestly for a moment I thought that was going to happen here too with this book, because it took a while for me to really get into it. But fortunately, I kept going--- because I was in no way expecting things to develop as they did! The book description only hints at the true scope of the thigs that happened to Corey, his brother Mikey, their ‘friend’ Freddy, and how their actions impacts others as well. Not formulaic or cookie-cutter at all, I was impressed with Andrews’s candidly-natural writing style and even though there are some dark moments, in a way this book is more ‘enlightening’ than anything and very introspective. Makes you think about Corey’s life (his choices with Freddie) and how it impacted things with Mikey and even the rest of his life— his fate was a bit of a shocker too. The ending felt kind of sad, but suitable. This is more of a ‘snapshot’ of life versus some ‘beginning, middle, end’ story, and when I was done I found myself pondering Corey’s future life. Definitely a moving story that I’ll remember and would recommend to others. While not a perfect book (is any, really??) In my opinion it is well worth the read and well worth 5 stars
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars what can I say about this book? First off, I can tell you that “Mikey and Me” is far more riveting, complex and moving than a brief summary can properly describe (at least in my opinion). A delightful mix of some of my favorite themes in books – it is charming, set in simpler times, character-driven, with profound life-changing events, flawed characters, lovely writing, and the loss of ‘innocence’ in a memorable, dramatic way. William Andrews hit the metaphorical nail on the head over and over again each step along the way of Corey’s emotional journey back to his past, and what he faces in adulthood all these years later. This compelling story moves from scene to scene effortlessly, and Mr. Andrews shows exceptional talent when it comes to believable storytelling. He has the ability to make the reader feel like we are really there in this world and part of Cory’s life – whether it’s in the tree, in the river, or returning to face the ghosts of his past. While mostly a character drama, this book touches on so much more—how we can err and make mistakes, and the challenges one must go through, regardless of the when or where. Couldn’t put it down and can’t wait to read more from Mr. Andrews.
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars This novel by William Andrews was amazing! I really liked it, even more than I thought I would. There are charming and sweet moments, some intense and scary, some definitely sad and jaw-dropping… definitely different from many books I’ve read lately (I usually read paranormal romance). In a way it reminded me of the TV show “The Wonder Years” which I loved growing up– has that charm to it that makes it feel ‘old-fashioned’, yet still so relatable to current days, and crossed together with the Movie “Stand by Me”. Corey Fletcher is the main protagonist in this book, and he faces many of the same familiar issues that many have experienced at some point on their lives – as well as a few tragedies and awful situations that hopefully most of us don’t. But it is his choices and his interactions with the characters that shape his destiny and theirs - each participate in the story in their own meaningful way and provided remarkable depth to the overall story dynamic so as to not make it just another run-of-the-mill “coming-of-age-drama’. At first I thought this would just be about Corey’s troubled childhood and maybe falling in love (or having his heart broken) but it is about so much more than just that. It’s about finding out who you are, for better or worse, with ups and downs and conflict and important relationships and the crazy parts of life with characters who will take you by surprise. I liked the unpredictable feel of this book but also took comfort in its familiar, classic tropes. Terrific writing, and I was surprised at how quickly I finished reading it. Never a good place to stop! A remarkable coming of age novel that takes you back, will entertain and make you think and make you feel.
GillianH More than 1 year ago
well-written, heart-wrenching, and with a timeless feel, “Mikey and Me” by William Andrews is a must-read for fans of literary drama and coming-of age novels. While the main characters are still very young for most of the story, it is told through the lens of an adult – Corey at age 33, and it definitely has a more adult tone to it. So this is not a ‘young-adult’ book, even though the cast is younger. Through Corey’s first-person narration, we are swept away in the nostalgia of a different era, as this is set in the 50’s, (with the beginning and end set in 1975). I was really intrigued right from the opening pages as we really feel like we are in Corey’s head and heart though this pivotal, tragic time in his young life. He experiences more heartbreak and crisis than we expect, and I think Mr. Andrews did a great job of bringing in a very authentic feel to the whole story and letting the events carry the weight of the story, instead of heightened melodrama. Corey’s choices are so shocking, as are the consequences. The pace is as fast as the river, with short chapters and dramatic scenes throughout. It has the edgy rawness of life’s horrors set against the backdrop of a more innocent time. Mr. Andrews did a great job with the detailing, from the conversations to descriptions that really make us feel like we are in the 50’s and manages to capture the teen shenanigans and angst perfectly without sounding like an ‘adult’. Great character changes and conflict – both external and internal- with Corey and I liked the ending. Not some contrived ‘happily ever after’ but real and organic. Haunting. Overall an engrossing and complex story, and I’d love to read more from William Andrews in the future. Recommended for mature teens and older fans of literary fiction and drama.
LauraClarke More than 1 year ago
oh wow, I loved this book!! I was drawn to the description and liked the easy writing style of the author in the sample, so I read the whole thing – in just one afternoon and evening! I was really impressed! I liked William Andrews’s way of writing scenes and characters where there isn’t all this excessive descriptions or needless actions, but everything was focused and mattered to the heart of the story. We really get inside Corey’s psyche… it has much in the way of insightful and profound moments, as well as solid character development as his relationships with others, from his brother, to the local bully, to a girl he crushes on and even an unexpected source of help all shape his development into a ‘man’ – one with demons and flaws and scars that may never really go away. In the beginning I remember thinking that it seemed kind of ‘slow’ and that I was anxious for something to ‘happen’. But when it does, and everything changes and keeps getting even crazier, you realize that those ‘slow’ times are just as important for the story because you see just what an impact it all has on all their lives and of their innocence. This is just a slice of life that felt so real—almost like reading a memoir, but I am quite sure that probably is not the case…… It is so powerfully written and I really did like getting to know Corey (and the others) and witness his struggles and experiences. Ponders and reveals some harsher realities of life and of human nature, but good things too. Recommend for readers of literary fiction/ coming of age/ historical drama.
SherriWarner More than 1 year ago
A very impressive effort by author William Andrews in his literary novel “Mikey and Me”. While this has the authentic-feel of a bio/memoir (and is better for it!!) it is a novel (and therefore fiction) yet I suspect some of these events or characters must be inspired by the author’s actual experiences on some level (hopefully not Corey’s actions, though) – they are just too poignant and real. Andrews’s writing is fantastic and kept me turning the pages very quickly – finished it in just two evenings! (fast for me). Wonderful characters that are flawed and three-dimensional. Even the side characters (and events) are well drawn, with complexity and emotional impact – especially with Mikey and his storyline, but Em is really good too, as is our insight to Corey. Overall very well crafted and with steady rhythm – nice balance of narrative and dialogue but in the beginning if felt more mundane or things just ‘happening’ that didn’t forward the plot much. Early on I yearned for more heightened action, but when it came, boy, did it deliver - and definitely not predictable! (and even shocking!) I don’t want to spoil anything, but I was very disturbed with Corey’s lack of emotional distress for the ‘deceased’ and how he seemed far more concern about his injured dog. We should have felt more anguish and struggle within in that regard. But by the end I was turning the pages as fast as I could, and was impressed with how much life story and profound experiences Andrews managed to get in these pages in such an impactful and entertaining way. Really ran the gamut of emotions with this one and was even a little sad when it was over – I wanted more! Recommend.(