A Triumph! High Quality Literature…
February 21, 2015
First of all, let me say right at the outset how ridiculous it is that a book as extraordinary as this one costs so little – it’s a real shame, and I would gladly pay a lot more for this book. “In the Shadows of the Oaks” is a major writing effort, over 700 pages, each written with great thinking and effort put behind it.
This is clearly not one of those write-a-Kindle-book-a-week efforts that I see all around me. As author Frank Settineri admits, it took him 30 long years to write this book, and it shows. This book is a labor of love, a work of a lifetime, and I hope it gets the attention it so richly deserves.
Now, about the story – it’s about young Sean Allen, a character who reminded me a bit of myself. A sheltered and spoiled kid, who wastes away his days in college, and has to settle for a middle school teaching position in the toughest school in New York, one with the worst teaching conditions, where the students have no respect for the teachers or, for that matter, for each other.
If that wasn’t tough enough, there is racism, politics, corruption and a strong suspicion of interracial relationships. Sean accepts the challenge head first, tries to become the best teacher he could be and really improve the lives of his students.
It’s not easy, he gets embroiled into more relationships than he could handle, and what’s worse, gets involved in an interracial love-triangle. There’s murder, constant running battles between street gangs, drugs…you get the picture. It look me a long time to read this book, and finishing it gave me the satisfaction you get when you know you’ve read a book of real quality.
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