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Chester "Chet" Patterson, the protagonist- narrator of
Kermit Moyer's collection of linked stories, is an Army brat
who grows up in the 1950s and comes of age in the 1960s. He
has a high-strung knockout of a mother who may be drinking
her way into alcoholism, an Army-officer father he both
resents and admires, and a younger sister whose high-school
popularity he can only envy. Moving every two or three
years, Chester is a perennial "new kid" as well as a bookish
and movie-besotted romantic who at the age of thirteen falls
in love, he thinks, with his own first cousin, Frenchie, a
seventeen-year-old "older woman." Each chapter is a discrete
story that chronicles a pivotal moment in Chester's life,
taking him a little deeper into himself as well as a little
farther into the century, in settings that vary from the Far
East to the Wild West and during a time that includes the
birth of rock 'n' roll, the Civil Rights Movement, the Cuban
Missile Crisis, and the assassination of President John F.
Kennedy. The New York Times Book Review called Kermit
Mpyer's first collection of stories, Tumbling, "a work of
ringing authenticity" and called the author "an impressive
new voice." Publishers Weekly praised Moyer's writing as
"controlled and powerful and distinguished by a rare poetic
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