South of Main Street

South of Main Street

by Robert Gately

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South of Main Street by Robert Gately

Henry Wolff regularly climbs out of his upstairs bedroom window. The neighbors think it strange that a grown man enjoys a Tarzan like swing from the roof, but then again, they all think Henry is a little strange. Recently widowed, Henry is an emotionally challenged father being sued by his daughter for financial control of the estate. Henry must prove he is normal - not an easy thing to do when you are not. Henry is different, not quite normal, not quite special. Rumors explaining his behavior run from PTSD in Vietnam to losing his son to SIDS. But Henry has a special gift. In a town divided by the have and have-nots, Henry alone can inspire and touch even the most jaded lost soul. But when tragedy strikes, can he unite his own family?


"A dynamic book set in small town Pennsylvania which explores the intangible ties that form a family, a community and the influence that one man can make crossing social and economic lines. Readers will fall in love with Henry."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781614334767
Publisher: Breely Crush Publishing
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

In 1998 Robert retired early from AT&T to write full time. Since then he's written ten screenplays, three stage plays, two novels, and two non-fiction books. These works have finished finalist or better in over 150 writing competitions. His screenplays and stage plays alone have won 24 contests such as FADE IN Magazine, Telluride Indiefest, Woods Hole Festival, Hollywood Scriptwriting Institute, and more. He taught adult education at Northampton County Community College in screenwriting, and was a Temple University screenplay judge in their undergraduate program. Robert has settled into a home in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with his wife Lois.

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South of Main Street 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Touching Gately writes a great book, that really brings the reader in, not just as a reader, but someone who can feel for the main character. Henry is not the typical main character, but he is filled with many different layers and depths. People have been judging Henry, but no one seems to really know who he is or why he is the way that he is. It's a well written page turner, that is very touching and will bring a light in your heart for reading it.
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
Henry is not exactly right, whether from Vietnam or from the death of his son, he is just not all there. One of his adult daughters is trying to prove he is unable to take control of the money from his wife's estate. This rip in his family is about all he can take.
I loved, loved, loved Henry! He is not quite right in the head, but his heart is amazing. I was immediately taken in by Henry. He is determined for nothing to stop him and he goes about it the best way he knows how. He gets a job at the pharmacy. He starts help people out, the wrong way.... this gives his daughter ammunition. This story is so heartwarming and heart wrenching at the same time. You want Henry to get what he deserves without all this hullabaloo. But, as we all know, life doesn't work out the way we plan. Everyone needs to read this sweet read, just to get to know Henry. He is a character not soon forgotten.
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
Henry is not exactly right, whether from Vietnam or from the death of his son, he is just not all there. One of his adult daughters is trying to prove he is unable to take control of the money from his wife's estate. This rip in his family is about all he can take.
I loved, loved, loved Henry! He is not quite right in the head, but his heart is amazing. I was immediately taken in by Henry. He is determined for nothing to stop him and he goes about it the best way he knows how. He gets a job at the pharmacy. He starts help people out, the wrong way.... this gives his daughter ammunition. This story is so heartwarming and heart wrenching at the same time. You want Henry to get what he deserves without all this hullabaloo. But, as we all know, life doesn't work out the way we plan. Everyone needs to read this sweet read, just to get to know Henry. He is a character not soon forgotten.
LynelleClark More than 1 year ago
I received the book from the author for an honest review. This is a book that you really need to read. If you miss something you will miss the message the author wants to send through his work. It has a steady growth towards the end with many layers which defines the book's unique storyline. Each character is specially created to enhance the main character. Each of them is part of the unfolding story and with each person you can relate. From the youngest to the oldest. The book covers many topics: from addiction, to abuse, PTSD, forgiveness, family feuds and their secrets, divorce and the effects on parents and children etc. There are just to many to mention and I don't want to be a spoil sport. The main character, Henry Wolff, struck you as odd at first but as you read along you notice slight changes in his behavior and those he encounter. It is so subtle that you too think this is a crazy person.... but in reality Henry sees better than most and give unconditional love to any one that crosses his path. A remarkable story of love and grace in everyday life. The author has done an excellent work and captured the true meaning of unconditional love in this book.
JeyranMain More than 1 year ago
South of Main Street is a young adult book written in a contemporary style. The story mainly focuses on Henry, a father of two girls. He suffers from some mental challenges after losing his son, and his daughter is suing him in order to gain control over a million-dollar estate. The story is set in Pennsylvania, and Henry has many things he is trying to deal with at the same time. The loss of his wife is another unfortunate thing that he has to overcome, and of course, South of Main is where he makes these changes happen. I particularly liked how off Henry was. Sometimes in life, we get scolded for being different, and I did feel that Henry was one of them. His character and personality were created in a very unique way, and it was very easy to feel for him. The story had a division amongst the people living on each side of the street. I enjoyed this contrast and believe that it brought more diversity towards the storyline. The ending was foreseen, but that did not take away from enjoying this book. I believe anyone that likes to read fiction would appreciate this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If all you want out of a novel is to be entertained and to quickly forget what you've read as soon as you turn the last page, South of Main Street is not for you. This remarkable story stays with you and stirs your emotions whenever you reflect upon it. It's a bittersweet tale that can make you smile through your tears ¿ there is a level of tragedy here, but there is also a sense of childlike joy and great beauty. You won't want the book to end, but you'll be powerless to put it down ¿ I stayed up to 3 AM finishing it. Henry Wolff is an amazing character. Henry's is just different ¿ eccentric to some, retarded or stupid to others. He's the kind of man who ties a rope to a tree so that he can swing like Tarzan from his roof to his mailbox, stops to let snowflakes melt on his tongue, plays with local kids as if he were still a child himself, and always does what he thinks is right ¿ this includes giving money to the homeless and a local addict who needs to pay off her supplier. We meet Henry in the wake of his wife's death he mourns his great loss in his own way. His unusual activities only spur his wayward daughter on in her claim that he is incapable of handling his own finances. Henry's wife inherited a large estate, and Sharon wants her part of the money before Henry can give it all away to the unfortunate. Robin, Henry's other daughter, is exasperated over the situation, especially because Henry doesn't always seem to fully grasp the situation. Henry does see a reason for change, though, and tries to prove that he is perfectly capable of taking care of himself. There are reasons for Henry's eccentric behavior. We learn that he was never the same after he returned from Vietnam, and the loss of a son to crib death also affected him greatly ¿ but there is also a family secret we are not privy to (although it's not hard to guess). The only thing that bothers Henry about his daughter taking him to court is the fear that the secret will be revealed. Still, Henry cares more about others than himself ¿ especially his young neighbor, who is going through hard times at home, and Dixie, a young drug user whom everyone else wants nothing to do with. I really can't even begin to describe Henry's remarkable nature or the magical effect he has on others ¿ even though they may not recognize his effect on them at the time. Even when people do things that could hurt him, Henry still shows them unconditional love. If you're of a sensitive nature, you may want to keep some Kleenex handy as you read because several moments can certainly bring tears to your eyes. South of Main Street is one of the most touching novels I've ever read, and Henry is as beloved a character as you're ever likely to meet. Despite the elements of tragedy worked into the story, South of Main Street is a novel you will cherish. Its life-affirming message will inspire you and renew your faith in humanity as you see how one man ¿ even one as eccentric as Henry ¿ can make a huge difference in the lives of many. With just a month left in this year, I can confidently go ahead and name Robert Gately's South of Main Street my pick for best novel of 2005.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'South of Main Street' by Robert Gately is an outstanding book about a man who is viewed as emotionally disturbed by many people. Henry (the main character in this book) is a person that people feel should be avoided, especially by children. Henry is different as readers of this great book will find out. Some people in this book are of the opinion Henry is retarded others think his behavior is the result of Post Traumatic Stress caused by the Vietnam War, not to mention a few other possible reasons . In the book the same people that thought Henry was different or unique never changed their opinion on that but they do change their outlook toward him as they all came to realize that Henry had touched them in a way that changed their life for the better. This book starts with a bang and gets your attention from the very beginning with each chapter drawing you more into the story than the chapter before. I found myself saying over and over again 'WOW this is an amazing story'. I became very impressed by this book and author and found that he has received many awards for his writing and after reading this book I know why. I agree with the other reviewers that have read this book. The story is warm, funny, heartfelt, a feel-good book, a lift-your-spirits book, and a well written book. I am very glad I made the decision to read this book and would recommend it to anyone of all ages. 'South of Main Street' by Robert Gately is an outstanding book and I plan to buy some copies for friends and people that I know will benefit by reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was such a 'feel good' book, I didn't want it to end. It renewed my faith in human kindness and unconditional love. It touched me on so many emotional levels. There is rarely a book that my entire family (including 2 teenagers) can enjoy and we all loved it! It's funny, heartfelt, and lifts your spirit. This book reminded me of how one persons' simple acts of kindness touch so many! This story makes you want to be a better person.