Perseverance

Perseverance

by Patrick Dearen

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Perseverance by Patrick Dearen

It was 1932, the depths of the Great Depression, and thousands of desperate people rode the rails in search of jobs, homes, and hope. For some, the tracks were a road to nowhere, a dead end in a boxcar or under the wheels or in a sea of emptiness. Their fate seemed certain-until Ish Watson grabbed the rungs of a passing freight train bound for a dying relative on the Texas Gulf Coast.

He brought with him the traits bestowed by his rural upbringing faith, conviction and dedication. But now he faced thundering wheels ready to mutilate and knife-wielding hobos restless to kill, a barreling train anxious to derail and railway "bulls" itching to shoot. Only here in life's trenches would he meet up with the dregs of society: the wayward and the runaways, the dope addicts and the prostitutes, the winos and criminals. The locomotive's black smoke drifted back down the line to cove them all like a shroud, but it was more than death they faced-for this train would not stop until it carried them all to their destinies.

And their only hope was Ish's perseverance.

This provocative novel, by a finalist for the Spur Award of Western Writers of America, may well challenge your perspective on life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571682352
Publisher: Wild Horse Media Group LLC
Publication date: 06/01/2006
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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Perseverance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Most fiction is really truth told with embellishment. Patrick Dearen admits that this book came to him from his father's stories of the Great Depression. And it was a book he just had to write to honor his father. The book took many years and several re-writes to get to its present form, but it was worth the wait. The story of 'Perseverance' brings the reader right into the story on the first page and keeps one embedded until the very end. It contains all the crucial elements of a good yarn . . . . A strong subliminal message through the book is that Ish is truly unaware of the many lives he touched and changed during his trying journey. Patrick Dearen is an exceptionally good writer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was 1932, the depths of the Great Depression, and thousands of desperate people rode the rails in search of jobs, homes, and hope. For some, the track was a road to nowhere, a dead end in a boxcar or under the wheels or in a sea of emptiness. Their fate seemed certain ¿ until Ish Watson grabbed the rungs of a passing freight train bound for a dying relative on the Texas Gulf Coast. He brought with him the traits bestowed by his rural upbringing ¿ faith, conviction, dedication. But now he faced thundering wheels ready to mutilate and knife-wielding hoboes restless to kill, a barreling train anxious to derail and railway ¿bulls¿ itching to shoot. Only here in life¿s trenches would he meet up with the dregs of society: the wayward and the runaways, the dope addicts and prostitutes, the winos and criminals. The locomotive¿s black smoke drifted back down the line to cover them all like a shroud, but it was more than death they faced ¿ for this train would not stop until it carried them all to their destinies. And their only hope lay in Ish¿s perseverance. This provocative novel, by a finalist for the Spur Award of Western Writers of America, may well challenge your perspective on life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Growing up in Sterling City, Texas, population about 1,000, author Patrick Dearen's earliest and favorite memories were his father's stories about riding the rails and dodging railroad 'bulls' (cops) while trying to survive the Depression years. His novel 'Perseverance' focuses on 21-year-old Ishmael (called Ish), who, in 1932, while separated from his family, learns that his mother is hospitalized with diabetes in Galveston, Texas. As destitute as he is desperate to reach his mom, Ish learns the ins and outs of hopping freights. Never skilled enough to be mistaken for a stiff (professional hobo), Ish interacts with varied down-and-outs, develops short-term relationships with a few, and hopes for more from a woman not ready to share secrets. . . . Four million people took to the roads and rails [in the Depression] and many had nothing but perseverance to see them through. . . . There¿s a passage [in which] Ish relays how his grandfather predicted Ish would face hard times: ¿He said I'd wake up one of these days and say to myself, well, what's the use? He said when that happens, I can do one of two things. I can either go ahead and give up, die on the inside even if I look like I'm still alive, or I can scratch and claw and keep on plugging. He told me there's a whole world out there waiting for somebody with the perseverance to give it hope.¿