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Ugly to Start With

Ugly to Start With

(2011)
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Jason Stevens is growing up in picturesque, historic Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in the 1970s. Back when the roads are smaller, the cars slower, the people more colorful, and Washington, D.C. is way across the mountains - a winding sixty-five miles away.
 
Jason dreams of going to art school in the city, but he must first survive his teenage years. He witnesses a street artist from Italy charm his mother from the backseat of the family car. He stands up to an abusive husband - and then feels sorry for the jerk. He puts up with his father's hard-skulled backwoods ways, his grandfather's showy younger wife, and the fist-throwing schoolmates and eccentric mountain characters that make up Harpers Ferry - all topped off by a basement art project with a girl from the poor side of town.
 
Ugly to Start With punctuates the exuberant highs, bewildering midpoints, and painful lows of growing up, and affirms that adolescent dreams and desires are often fulfilled in surprising ways.

 
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Paperback Editions

October 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: Ugly to Start With
Author(s): John Michael Cummings
ISBN: 1-935978-08-X / 978-1-935978-08-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vandalia Press
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Kindle Editions

October 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Ugly to Start With
Author(s): John Michael Cummings
Publisher: Vandalia Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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