Blue Awesome Ascending

Blue Awesome Ascending

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Pearl Harbor has just been bombed, and thirteen-year old Blue Awesome Easterly yearns to grow up fast, join the Army Air Corps, and become a hero. But one-eyed Aunt Spook warns him: qBeware the light!q She knows, because qthe swamp people told me while I was in a trance, q that Blue Awesome is fated to see events from the past-revealed in flashes of light only he can see. qThis light never dies, q cautions Aunt Spook. qAnd it never forgets what it sees.q Blue Awesome's parents operate their funeral parlor/telephone business out of their home, Welcome Hall, in deep south Home Free, a small village not far from Swamp Ha-Ha, an area as qrural as raw peanuts.q Blue Awesome's mother, Ethyl, more or less runs the businesses by herself because his father, Poordaddy, teaches in his private, tuition-free Classic Academy for Young Men. The Easterlys are getting by fine until the commander of the new Army base asks them to secretly embalm a murdered African American officer. When word gets out, local vigilantes turn their world upside down. But that's just the half of it. Take a pinch of Gabriel GarcAsa MAirquez, a dollop of Riddley Walker, a touch of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a smidgen of William Kotzwinkle-blend thoroughly, bake at high heat (swamp temperature would be best) and you have this entirely new confection, Blue Awesome Ascending. Prepare for a feast.He could go no farther into the swamp without a boat. The swamp was almost silent. ... a€œThe swamp is a great recycler, a€ Poordaddy once said. a€œBoth death and ... The boat held one shrouded figure grasping a fishing pole. Blue Awesomeanbsp;...

Title:Blue Awesome Ascending
Author: Hubert Whitlow
Publisher:Univ. of Tennessee Press - 2008

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