The Essay: A Novel by Robin YocumThe Essay: A Novel by Robin Yocum

The Essay: A Novel

byRobin Yocum

Paperback | October 25, 2016

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Great Crossover with YA Market
Jimmy Lee Hickam grew up deep in the bowels of Appalachian Ohio, on the poorest road in the poorest county in the poorest region of the state. To make things worse, the name Hickam is synonymous with trouble. Jimmy Lee hails from a mix of thieves, moonshiners, and drunkards who for decades have clung to both the hardscrabble hills and the iron bars of every jail cell in the region. This life, Jimmy Lee believes, is his destiny: working with his drunkard father at the sawmill, or sitting next to his arsonist brother in the penitentiary.
If not for an inspiring coach and Jimmy Lee’s ability to play football, he would not have returned for his junior year in high school. When his visionary English teacher cuts Jimmy Lee a break, preserving his eligibility for the coming football season, he rewards her with a winning essay in the high school writing contest.
When irate parents and administration claim he has cheated, his teacher takes Jimmy Lee’s writing talent as far as it can go, showing him the path out of the hills of Appalachia.
Terrific characterizations, surprising revelations, gut-wrenching past betrayals, and an unforgettable cast of characters borne of the dusty worn-out landscape of Southeastern Ohio, make The Essay a powerful, evocative, and incredibly moving novel.

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Robin Yocum is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Favorite Sons and The Essay. His next novel, A Brilliant Death, is set for release in April 2016. Favorite Sons, published by Arcade, was named the 2011 USA Book News’ Book of the Year for Mystery/Suspense, and was a Choose to Read Ohio selection. Robin lives in Westerville, ...
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Title:The Essay: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:October 25, 2016Publisher:ArcadeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1628727179

ISBN - 13:9781628727173

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book! See how long it takes to put the book down. The author writers in a way that you can visualize everything in your mind. Having grown up in a place where your social status was judged by who your family was it is easy to relate to the characters in the book.
Date published: 2015-10-29

Editorial Reviews

“A heart-rending tale . . . with deep insights. The writing is plain and unadorned, and completely in tune with the people and place. Highly recommended.” —Midwest Book Review"Like Annie Proulx, Richard Russo, and Richard Ford, Robin Yocum knows how to stake out a claim to a very particular part of America and make it uniquely his own. In Yocum's poignant and hard-hitting new novel, THE ESSAY, he explores, with great insight and craftsmanship, the coal mines and out-of-the-way farms and rivers and Friday night football games of southeastern Ohio. Jimmy Lee Hickam may come from a family of outlaws, but he's my latest literary hero. THE ESSAY is a book that young adults and veteran readers alike are going to love."--Howard Frank Mosher“After reading The Essay, a tough but compassionate story about a poor teenager in southern Ohio who struggles to make good despite his harsh upbringing, I am convinced that Robin Yocum is one of the most talented and graceful writers working in America today. And I mean it when I say that I love this book.”--Donald Ray Pollock, author of The Devil All the Time and KnockemstiffIn The Essay, Robin Yocum explores just how far we can pull at the ties that tether us to our lives. Can we ever overcome circumstance and family history to chart our own destiny? Inspiring, compelling, and filled with characters I came to care deeply about, this is one story I couldn't put down. -- Carla Buckley, award-nominated author of The Things That Keep Us HereIn The Essay, Robin Yocum explores just how far we can pull at the ties that tether us to our lives. Can we ever overcome circumstance and family history to chart our own destiny? Inspiring, compelling, and filled with characters I came to care deeply about, this is one story I couldn't put down. -- Carla Buckley, author of The Things That Keep Us Here“Yocum writes like the reporter he used to be. He’s observant and still has his eye for detail and nuance.”—Richmond Times-Dispatch