A Boy’s Morals Tested in Michael Mourning’s New Fiction

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14 year-old Ricky travels cross-country through 1960s America with surly grandfather

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In Grampa’s Keys (published by AuthorHouse) by Michael Mourning, readers will travel the highways and back roads from Minnesota to Nevada in search of treasure and truth in early 60's middle America.

Ricky is a 14 year-old boy who values trust, respect, and hard work – all qualities that he learned from his single mother. He finds himself traveling across the country in an old beat up car with his grandfather, Grampa Steiner, whom he hardly knows. Steiner is a navy veteran who frequently refers to his grandson as “sailor,” especially after a few drinks. The old man and his cohorts smoke and drink, stopping in beer joints and truck stops while arguing and fighting across thousands of miles, in pursuit of a fortune that Steiner’s keys can provide.

An Excerpt From the book:

“My ma never wanted to hear about all the stuff that happened on my trips with Grampa. She said it was better for her not to know ’cause it would just bother her and keep her up at night. For weeks I went to sleep thinking about hitting Bill in the face with fifty dollars worth of change and smacking that stupid mermaid tattoo with a shovel. The excitement took a while to wear off, but it started to fade away along with my hopes of Grampa coming up to watch me play football.”

Ricky repeatedly proves his good qualities and watches Grampa Steiner and his associates as they show their poor judgement and lack of dignity. Grampa’s Keys is a dark comedy that will pull at the reader’s heart as they learn what happens to a boy trying his best to do the right thing.

About the Author
Michael Mourning was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from Augsburg College with an English major and minors in sociology and psychology. While at Augsburg, he played football, published poetry and worked as a bouncer. He has earned a living in a variety of construction services. Currently, Michael resides in Plymouth, Minnesota with his family, where he coaches his two sons’ baseball teams, plays guitar with his daughter, and fishes for Muskie. His inspiration for writing comes from a lifelong love of reading and a strong desire to share a good story.

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