New Books Says Education Doesn’t End With Diploma

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James Kennedy George, Jr. writes of a high school reunion that continues the education for former classmates

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A quintessential portrait of growing up during the height of “Americana,” the novel depicts the time’s radio, rock ‘n’ roll, desegregation and family dynamics.

Graduation is called “commencement.” But doesn’t life begin before that?

In West Virginia, graduates of Princeton High School meet for their 45th class reunion. Decades from their graduation in 1960, one amongst them reflects on how growing up at a pivotal time in American culture has consequences on his present life.

“Reunion” (published by AuthorHouse), a new novel by James Kennedy George, Jr., offers a deeply personal journey that shows that the most difficult lessons are learned over a lifetime. Having graduated on the cusp of the New Frontier, the protagonist and his classmates faced a brave new world of change upon graduation, and now gather to reflect on it.

At the center of the story is Jimmy, a man who has allowed the past—more specifically, his damaged relationship with his father–to create a disconnect within his own family. Upon invitation to the reunion, Jimmy reflects on his youth, and in doing so, discovers new lessons that he never learned in the classrooms of Princeton High. A story of personal discovery, the past is recognized for both the solace and pain it provides.

With flashbacks to the past and deft plays on nostalgia, “Reunion” recreates a vivid world for readers. A quintessential portrait of growing up during the height of “Americana,” the novel depicts the time’s radio, rock ‘n’ roll, desegregation and family dynamics. In an era famous for its tense build-up into the turbulence of the 1960s, “Reunion” shows what it was like to grow up amongst rapid cultural and political change.

Ultimately, “Reunion” is a story of how we experience love, life, loss and learning…together.

“Reunion”
By: James Kennedy George, Jr.
ISBN: 978-1-4685-2968-5 softcover, 978-1-4685-2967-8 hardcover
Softcover $19.95, Hardcover $28.99
Available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and authorhouse.com

About the author
James Kennedy George, Jr. grew up in the southern Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky, and southern West Virginia. Retired from a successful high-tech career in the semiconductor industry, he now lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Diana. “Reunion” is his first novel.

EDITORS: For review copies or interview requests, contact:
Liesl Kasdorf    
317-602-7137 | lkasdorf(at)bohlsengroup(dot)com
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