A wholly engrossing tale that delivers pure pleasure…
Crutchfield weaves the story of one family’s tragedies, turning it into a moving tale of loss, growth, and hope in his outstanding latest. John Coleman Sr., ex-musician and assembly line worker, has struggled with alcoholism and broken dreams all his life but giving up is not something he is willing to do. The future, with his musical prodigy sons looks promising, but a personal tragedy upturns John’s plans, threatening the sanctity of his high-spirited loved ones. Crutchfield writes in intelligent, assured prose and shows a keen understanding of his characters, capturing the messy essence of being human. He develops Chicago’s seedy Black neighborhood’s culture in great detail, with prevalent class and racial disparity and the culture of drugs and petty crimes. While the plot leads to a tragedy, the ray of hope at the end is heartening. This poignant story of human dreams, aspirations, family ties, sibling bonds, and how the most tragic circumstances can yield unexpectedly rewarding results is both credible and deeply moving.
The ‘Great’ Kickin’dog
By Kenneth Allen Crutchfield, Sr.
Pub date May 11, 2021
Price $19.99 (USD) Paperback, $3.00 Kindle edition
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