About the Book
What’s going on with Johnny Malloy? Just out of high school in 1955, he plans to head for New York City to pursue his longtime dream of a becoming a professional singer. At the last minute, however–inexplicably–he joins the US Air Force! Four years later, when he is finally on the verge of show biz success, he suddenly leaves the Big Apple and goes back home to Mississippi. Then, when Johnny is about to marry his beautiful hometown sweetheart, he reveals a shocking secret that will almost certainly put an end to that dream.
Johnny Malloy is a bright, funny and talented young man. With the possible exception of his disapproving mother, everyone likes him. But, Johnny can’t seem to stop getting in his own way. Is it just immaturity? Bad luck? Self-sabotage? And, if the latter, what’s behind it? Johnny needs answers quickly, before he loses–or throws away–all that is dear to him.
By turns, hilarious, sad and heartwarming, Back Home Blues is a 1950s coming-of-age story about young love, broken dreams and the complexities of coming home.
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