One More Last Dance: The Adventitious Story of Peckerwood Finch
One More Last Dance: The Adventitious Story of Peckerwood Finch

One More Last Dance: The Adventitious Story of Peckerwood Finch


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BlueInk Review: One More Last Dance is a compelling story about the power of friendship, one that develops between two men through an unlikely road trip.

Peckerwood Finch has a lot going against him. The 25-year-old Cajun man was abandoned at birth by his parents, endured abusive foster parents, is illiterate, and there’s his name—an unflattering term for a rural white Southerner. Fortunately, he’s affectionately known as Peck (his given name is Boudreaux Clement Finch). Peck is a fisherman and mows the grass at a small hospice on a Louisiana bayou. There he meets Gabriel “Gabe” Jordan, an elderly African American man dying of cancer whose final wish is to attend the Newport Jazz Festival. Despite his own shortcomings, Peck is determined to make Gabe’s dream come true.

The new friends hit the road only to be stymied by, among other things, a lack of funds and Peck’s poor sense of direction. At times, guardian angels come to their rescue, including a wealthy real estate broker who offers to buy airline tickets, among many other generosities. But Peck has no form of identification and must travel by bus while Gabe flies. The bulk of the story then concerns Peck’s adventures en route.

Antil’s moving narrative about selflessness relies heavily on readers believing that kindness from strangers exists, but it’s never syrupy. Each character is fully developed, complete with foibles, hopes and triumphs. Peck’s voice—uneducated, but respectful and kind—is thick with Cajun patois, interspersed with Cajun French (“I don’t have it, cher…I gived it to you las’ night”), and Gabe displays authentic knowledge about blues and jazz. Their friendship is the story’s heart: Peck literally leaves everything, including a fishing line in the water, to help Gabe, who becomes a father figure.

Although suspension of disbelief is occasionally required, as the story relays numerous serendipitous encounters, One More Last Dance is a sensitive, engaging portrait of the beauty of true friendship—one readers will surely savor.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780997180275
Publisher: Little York Books
Publication date: 12/25/2017
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Jerome Mark Antil was born in Cortland, New York in 1941. The seventh child of a seventh son of a seventh son, Michael Charles Antil Sr., and Mary Rowe Holman Antil. His career has been "writing" and "marketing" in the business world. He wrote marketing plans, sales and training movies and commercials. He has lectured at Cornell University; The Johnson School; St. Edwards University; and Southern Methodist University. Jerome was inspired to begin the career he always wanted, at the behest of his daughter and spent twelve years researching for several books he is now working on. His favorite authors are John Steinbeck; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; and Mark Twain.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

On the Back Lawn of a Louisiana Hospice

Chapter 2

Farewell, Captain, and Good Luck

Chapter 3

A Sax in the Night

Chapter 4

Watching the Dollars Stretch

Chapter 5

Dirty Dances and Sloe Gin

Chapter 6

Jackson Here We Come!

Chapter 7

Sasha’s Turn to Drive

Chapter 8

A Bank and the Beale Street Blues

Chapter 9

Does it Have to Be Good-bye?

Chapter 10

The Morning After

Chapter 11

Talk to Me, Gabe

Chapter 12

The Greyhound Mysteries

Chapter 13

Hidden Clues

Chapter 14

Visiting Hours

Chapter 15

A Seat on a Late Night Bus

Chapter 16

Bringing the Kettle to a Boil

Chapter 17

Shad and River Smells

Chapter 18

So Many Questions, So Many Surprises

Chapter 19

On My Honor, I Will Do My Best…

Chapter 20

Please Don’t Say Good-bye

Chapter 21

Finally the Festival, Wine and Cheese

Chapter 22

No Secrets, Doctor

Chapter 23

One in the Morning Comes Early

Chapter 24

Please God, Help our Gabriel

Chapter 25

A Powwow of the Three

Chapter 26

Lily Cup Goes to Angola, Peck to Kingston

Chapter 27

Gabe Walks Twenty Feet,

Peck Gets off at Kingston

Chapter 28

Just the R’at Words

Chapter 29

The Secret Christmas Story

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