Picking up where the award-winning Stories from a Small Town ends, author Roger Engle continues his journey from adolescence to adulthood in his greatly anticipated sequel. Goodbye Mister Fifteen takes us back to Hedgesville, West Virginia, where a young man on the cusp of his sixteenth birthday eagerly awaits that wallet-sized, laminated ticket to freedom. Mr. Engle brings us along as he advances through high school and college, sharing a collection of stories uniquely his own.
Discovering the limits of his newly earned autonomy, and testing the extremes of his automobiles’ performance capabilities, he also begins pushing the invisible boundaries of small-town life. While safety and familiarity are tempting anchors, adventure and opportunity await beyond the town limits, where friendship, music, and love take root. As he explores the wide world of work, he quickly becomes aware of the future ramifications of each decision he is making.
A rapidly expanding world ushers in new responsibilities, and for an eighteen-year-old male in the late ’60s, any daydreams of a footloose existence after high school would be quelled by the awaiting geopolitical turmoil of the time. The call to military service awaited most young men, and Mr. Engle was no exception. Carrying a Selective Service card now tempered the excitement his driver’s license once generated.
Goodbye Mister Fifteen brings to life with remarkable clarity a progression of eye-opening experiences, revealing both the perceptions and realities of a place and time. In his matter-of-fact tone, Mr. Engle delivers a unique coming-of-age story where character, humor, and a strong work ethic help him remain steady in the face of an increasingly uncertain future.
Goodbye Mister Fifteen: A Memoir is now available to purchase at the Girls On Press Online Bookstore:
Goodbye Mister Fifteen, Official Release
www.girlsonpress.com/bookstore | Monday, September 21, 2015
Goodbye Mister Fifteen: A Memoir will be available to purchase locally after its official release date as it is stocked at the following locations:
Patterson’s Drug Store | 134 S. Queen Street | Martinsburg, WV
Martinsburg-Berkeley County Visitors & Convention Bureau | 123 E. Race Street | Martinsburg, WV
For the Kids by George Museum | 229 E. Martin Street | Martinsburg, WV
Boltz Hardware, Garden Center, and General Store | 500 Winchester Avenue | Martinsburg, WV
Orr’s Farm Market | 682 Orr Drive | Martinsburg, WV
Four Seasons Books | 116 W. German Street | Shepherdstown, WV
Shepherd University Bookstore | 301 N. King Street | Shepherdstown, WV
O’Hurley’s General Store | 205 E. Washington Street | Shepherdstown, WV
The Black Dog Coffee Company | 8001 Charles Town Road | Shenandoah Junction, WV
Reed’s Pharmacy | 71 Cowardly Lion Drive | Hedgesville, WV
Turn The Page Bookstore | 18 N. Main Street | Boonsboro, MD
Winchester Book Gallery | 185 N. Loudoun Street | Winchester, VA
Tamarack, The Best of West Virginia| One Tamarack Park | Beckley WV