The Patriot Joe Morton
When the good people of Cranston, Texas, learn that a hometown boy has been killed in Iraq, they set about mounting a proper welcome for their fallen hero. But nobody thinks to ask the boyʼs reclusive father if such a memorial service is wanted, much less welcome.
Not one to make waves, Joe Morton goes along with the townsfolk until, at last, he can bear no more. Joe finally tells Cranston just how he feels.
If no one expected what happened on the Fourth of July, they are wholly unprepared for what happens next, least of all Joe Morton, whose sole act of independence brings to Cranston the two things nobody wants: change and the outside world. The Patriot Joe Morton was first-runner-up for the 2010 Pirateʼs Alley Faulkner Society Gold Medal for Novella.
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GENRE: Contemporary fiction
PRINT LENGTH: 227 pages
PUBLICATION DATE: May 28th, 2014
FORMAT: Kindle, paperback
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Excerpt from the book
Joe Morton was never considered a stable man. He had never lashed out, was not taken to fighting in bars. In fact, no one could remember his ever going into a bar. But he wasn't what the good people of Cranston considered normal. If you were to put any of the twelve hundred or so citizens of the small east Texas town on the spot, you would arrive at some variation of "Joe simply doesn't do things the way people expect."
He didn't own a tractor, opting instead to pay the Carmichael boy a few dollars to run the bush hog over the eighty acres he had inherited from his great aunt. Every Sunday, he occupied the same pew at Cranston First Baptist and, like the rest of the men, refrained from speaking his amens, though he would nod at the appropriate moments. And every morning, Joe arrived for breakfast at the Truck Stop Café around nine, where from table seven, the booth against the window, he read The Cranston Sun and drank three cups of coffee before shuffling off to start his day–though what he did each day, no one could say for sure.