Clyde Dupee, pronounced ‘dupay’, much like men of his ilk, wanders through life in a drunken haze: drunk, sober, drunk, sober, two words repeated for a lifetime by men such as Clyde. A jailbird, an abysmal penny-ante burglar; he was certainly not someone the poised and proper Tharon McGee could ever consider appropriate. On work release from the prison, Clyde takes time from his welding job to arrange studies for his GED, and Tharon, a former beauty queen, is his counselor. Twice burned and with very high standards, Tharon does not want to see any good in Clyde, but gradually comes to love him despite his flaws, finding admiration in his tenacity: Clyde is as determined to complete his education as he is to battle his many demons. Tharon is the path to sober, sober, sober. When an accident puts him in the hospital, Tharon reaches out to the family that had locked Clyde out years earlier, totally unprepared for the fireworks that ensue as the two prepare for their wedding.
Marriage is not bliss for the two though, despite Clyde’s charm and Tharon’s love. As their family grows, Clyde’s demons return, drunk, sober, drunk, sober, and threaten to destroy all their lives.
A story of love, love lost, human battle and strength, tempered by a cast of unforgettable characters and crazy family, Show Me The Way will have you laughing, crying and wanting more.
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About the Author
A resident of Kansas, Shakey weaves her stories from a simple fabric of life, creating beautiful tapestries that are a testament to everyday existence, highlighted with the addition of those globally familiar colorful characters who touch all our lives. A widow, a mother, a Spanish teacher, she draws on all of her own roles and trials as she brings to life ordinary people, sharing with us the depth of their emotions, making us aware of ‘the every man’s’ daily triumphs and troubles. While she might claim to have majored in bead-stringing, and minored in hitch hiking and Neil Young, her official parchments show degrees in English and Spanish.