This is a coming-of-age novel centering on Victor Carter, a high school boy who lives in the fictitious Piedmont town of Hopkinsville. Victor is a very good golfer and a serious, reliable young man. He hopes to be a Methodist minister and is studying theology with his pastor. Taking a summer office job at his grandfather’s lumber company exposes Victor to attitudes and situations he has not previously encountered. He feels pulled by the varied expectations that the adults in his life have for him, and he struggles to find his own sense of justice in a small town that harbors racism, economic blackmail, and a social structure that doesn’t welcome change. The book is set in the late 1940s.
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