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Product details

  • Paperback: 415 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Pub (1 July 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414387776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414387772
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

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In The Promise of Jesse Woods, a soul-searching novel of faith, friendship and promises, Chris Fabry (War Room) invigorates the small-town lives of three teens in 1970s West Virginia with his exquisite, lyrical writing. Matt Plumley turns 14 shortly after moving to Dogwood, where his father is taking over the parsonage of the local Baptist church. The overweight boy finds acceptance in two of the town's outcasts--Dickie, a mixed-race boy, and Jesse, a dirt-poor tomboy. Despite his parents' objections, Matt spends all his time with his new friends, cementing their bonds.

During their adolescent escapades in the summer of 1972, Matt falls in love with Jesse. He confides in her and she in him, pledging to keep each other's secrets always. But when Jesse's secrets build to a crescendo, the trio's friendship comes crashing down, leaving Matt devastated and alone.

A decade later, living in Chicago, he learns Jesse is engaged to be married. He heads back to Dogwood in search of closure, especially for why Jesse broke her most important promise to him. But this encore may be more than Matt bargained for.

The Promise of Jesse Woods is a literary delight. Fabry's young characters are dynamically depicted in their language and attitudes; their richness drips into every other element of the novel. Fabry's gift with suspense is on display, even in his recounting of a Reds-Pirates baseball game. This novel is worthy of a standing ovation. Bravo!

Discover: A young man returns to his childhood home in West Virginia to confront lingering questions from the pivotal summer of 1972.--Shelf Awareness

Christy Award-winner Fabry (Every Waking Moment, 2013) presents an unlikely trio in Matt Plumley, an overweight preacher's kid; Jesse Woods, considered "white trash" by the good people of Dogwood; and Dickie Darrel Lee Hancock, a mixed-race youth whose father is serving in Vietnam. They're all social outcasts, bullied and discriminated against because they're different, mostly by the town's self-professed "Christians," who use their religion to justify their bigotry. Told from Matt's viewpoint, the chapters alternate between his arrival in Dogwood in 1972 and his return in 1984, when he tries to rescue Jesse from what he considers a disastrous wedding. This riveting, no-punches-pulled coming-of-age tale is reminiscent of Richard Bachman's (Stephen King) short story, "The Body," which was made into the movie Stand by Me.--Booklist

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“I remember it all . . . especially the parts I try to forget.”
1972. While the Vietnam War rages overseas and his beloved Pirates battle for back-to-back World Se-ries titles, Matt Plumley’s family moves to Dogwood, West Virginia, where he quickly bonds with two unlikely friends for a preacher’s kid: Dickie Darrel Lee Hancock, a mixed-race boy, and Jesse Woods, a tough-as-nails Appalachian girl. As the trio traipses the hills and hollers, Matt falls for Jesse, and their promises to each other draw him deeper into her terri-fying reality. One night, the river of Jesse’s secrets overflows and Matt joins her in a res-cue that saves one life and ends another . . . and mysteriously severs the bond of their friend-ship.

Years later, Matt is pulled back to Dogwood, haunted by memories of that momentous summer and news of Jesse’s upcoming wedding. He always suspected there was more to the story of that fateful night, and he’s determined to learn the truth behind the only promise Jesse Woods ever broke.

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