Poor Billy Green! When he was just turning four, his father tried to throw him in the trash. He was a smart kid but that just seemed to create enemies. His mom did everything to protect him. But this was Detroit, armpit of the wasteland! Catholic school didn’t help much, except the time he got his first kiss from an atheist nun. Home life was dismal. Was his father capable of anything but drinking beer and farting? And what was with that neighbor who made puppets and tried to molest Billy? Golly! Detroit was sucking the life out of him. At such a young age. Then adolescence swirled around him. Like water in a toilet bowl. High school was a B movie. Only without a plot. So finally he did something about it. He ran away … to college. Cornell University. That was a good move for sure! He studied hard, lost his virginity, met the love of his life. Things were definitely looking up! What could possibly go wrong?
John Rachel has a B. A. in Philosophy, has traveled extensively, is a songwriter and music producer, and a bipolar humanist. He is author of eight novels, three non-fiction political books, and one creative non-fiction fantasy/travel/cookbook. Currently in development is a new novel set in Japan, another in Africa, and an American satire on the self-help crazes of the 80s and 90s.
Author Rachel has visited and lived in over thirty-three countries since leaving America August of 2006. He recently returned from two months in the Philippines, Myanmar, and Singapore. He is now somewhat rooted in a small traditional farming village in Japan near Osaka, where he proudly tends his small but promising vegetable garden and sets his non-existent watch by the thrice-daily ringing of Shinto temple bells at a local shrine.
You can follow his adventures and developing world view at: http://jdrachel.com.
"Scribo ergo sum."
"Phenomenal story! Must read! This unique story is about Billy Greens struggle
growing up. It begins when he is a small boy, taking us through his
tragic childhood, rocky adolescence, and then attempting the impossible
task of just getting through his teenage years with hope for a better
"With crisp and cutting prose, the author immerses us in the life of a young
man you cannot help but sympathize with and root for. With a mind for
facts and a heart full of love, Billy winds his way through the
mine-filled sands of a hometown that hope has long forgotten."
"At first Ithought this was going to be a coming of age story but it turned out
to be so much more. An extremely intelligent read we find our hero
growing up in Detroit in a family that reminded me of the 'All in the
Family' TV show."
"This book delves into so many interesting subjects that Billy has in his life or
things he thinks about. Very insightful thinking by John Rachel. I
will be reading this series over and over again. I would recommend this
book to anyone who has passion for life. all aspects are covered in this
book, politics, love, hate, learning, and growing."