The saga of 12 years in the life of a rural boy, born in a bawdy house, living in extreme poverty with his mother in the poorest part of a southern Arkansas town. Drew observes his mother entertaining numerous 'uncles'. When one of those uncles becomes abusive toward Drew, and then later attempts male rape, Drew feels he has no other choice than to run away.
The ten-year old boy climbs into a rail boxcar, and the train takes him away not only from the abuse but also from his home and friends, carrying him to an unknown future. Just as things seem their worst, Drew vows that he will never cry again, but instead face life on his own terms.
Praised by one critic as Huckleberry Finn meets Forrest Gump, Drew's adventures on the way to becoming a responsible and compassionate man, set against the backdrop of America's Great Depression and the following turbulent years of World War II, are a story that is relevant to the upheavals and turbulence in society today.
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About the Author
Jim Cole is a retired civil/structural engineer. While traveling around the world on various engineering projects, he always dreamed of becoming a writer. When he retired after 42 years as a consulting engineer, he saw his chance to fulfill that dream. He attended Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies in Houston, taking classes in creative writing. Later, he joined the Houston Writer's Guild and was fortunate to be under contract for several years to the Houston Chronicle for stories for their Sunday supplement magazine, Texas.
Today, Jim and his wife Marian live quietly in their hometown, Victoria, Texas, where Jim continues his interests in writing and studies Victoria's rich history and heritage.
Jim currently authors a monthly newspaper column for Victoria Preservation, Inc., where he is a member of the Board of Directors. His well-received column, 'Vanished from Victoria', published in The Victoria Advocate, documents Victoria's vanishing nineteenth and early twentieth-century architectural heritage.
Never Cry Again is 80-year old Jim's debut novel. The action and events of his historical fiction saga take place during a time-frame in which he is personally familiar, the 1930s and 40s. The sweep of his narrative covers locations and events throughout the five-state region of Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico, set against the backdrop of racial prejudice, depression-era southern America, the turbulence of World War II, and its aftermath.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well done! While the author is an excellent writer, he is first and foremost a superb storyteller.
New to the market of historical fiction is Jim Cole’s book, Never Cry Again, that introduces a young boy growing up in the South amongst a plethora of obstacles, some of the human kind, others related to his environment. Through a variety of literary devices, Cole successfully chronicles Drew’s childhood, or lack thereof, and his emergence into adulthood. Keeping fact and fiction creatively woven together, Cole’s story conveys an intriguing plot of innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, and love and hatred. Time and again, Cole introduces events and people of the past who still hold prominence in today’s culture. Cole seems to write from some of his memories of his years growing up in Texas during the height of some of our nation’s most dramatic events. This writing, Cole’s first novel, is sure to be a hit among readers of all ages. For those of us who can relate, it will bring back memories, and to those younger readers, well, they can learn a bit about the life and times of hardship that occurred during the Depression and events that followed. Jim Cole has earned FIVE STARS!