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Mulholland Books 11/3/2020. New paperback. Store pick: 'Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.' by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. This is the basis for Allen Eskins masterfully written coming of age story. Eskins began writing the novel to explore his own feelings about prejudice and racism and 20 years later he finally decided it was ready. And, it couldnt be a more perfect read for todays world. It is a coming of age story that will make you laugh and cry and cry some more as 15 yo Boady Sanden is forced to grow up during the violent summer of 1976 in the Ozark town of Jessup, MO. Boady lives with his widowed mother way out in the country with only one neighbor. Hoke is a man of mystery who has been there as long as Boady can remember and who has taken Boady under his wing and quietly taught him things he thought a boy should know. Nothing More Dangerous is much more than simply a coming of age story. It is a story of family, guilt, benevolence and a mystery that addresses prejudice, racism and class. It is filled with vivid characters and a small town insular atmosphere which helps to make this one of the most memorable books I have read this year. -Nancy M., store volunteer
Missouri native Allen Eskens' "stunning small-town mystery" (New York Times Book Review) i