Book: Among the Jimson Weeds by Paul Keenecategories: Book, Literary Fiction, 50's Nostalgia, ADHD Symptons, Fitting In, Impulsive Behavior, Idaho, Hank Williams, Troubled, Snake River, Gibson Guitar, Mental Disorder, Coming of Age
Paul Keeneabout this book: Conor Kelman faces the struggle to fit in and find purpose. He faces these issues during the 50's when the label and diagnosis for ADHD is non existent. Family, teachers, and friends attribute Conor's impulsive, addictive, compulsive behaviors as being an unruly, weird kid lacking social skills. "Among the Jimson Weeds" was inspired by observing and working with youth and young adults during author Paul Keene's teaching career.
Conor's feelings of never fitting in, being different and weird, desperate for something to call his own are similar to the Dust Bowl migrants in Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath" who planted vegetables in an obscure piece of ground among the jimson weeds in an effort to have something that belonged to them.
ADHD is serious, but Conor's bizarre antics have readers laughing throughout. Experience Conor's love for Wylina and the little white house in the apple orchard. Meet Little Dicky and other quirky friends, parents, and teachers who carry their own brand of misery and joy. Discover the connection between the pawn shop Gibson guitar "Gabby" and the ghost of promising country music star Red Nolan who follows her home with Conor.
• "I really enjoyed the book and look forward to following Conor in future adventures." ~D. Benoit, Amazon Verified Reviewer
"Among the Jimson Weeds" is Book 1 of the Running Nowhere Trilogy. Book 2, "Between the Pieces", and Book 3, "Within Time", will follow. Each novel stands on its own, but after "Among the Jimson Weeds" you will want more Conor Kelman.
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