I want readers to take away the idea that whatever life throws your way, there’s a way to handle it.
Florence, AL (PRWEB) August 30, 2012
In his new novel “Alvin, on Waterloo Road” (published by AuthorHouse), Hector Franck takes readers into the struggles of a family trying to survive the effects of an exceptionally unforgiving stroke of bad luck.
The Great Depression hit hard. Alvin and his mother struggle to make ends meet, tending to their 20 acre strip of land bordering Waterloo Road in northwest Alabama. After Alvin’s father died, he took the role as the man of the house, protecting his mother. But Alvin must also protect his father’s reputation, which many people around him seem to be eager to rip apart. Just when things seem like they might fall apart for Alvin and his mother, Ruby steps into the picture, captures Alvin’s heart, and guides the family to the answers to all of their problems.
An excerpt from “Alvin, on Waterloo Road”:
“On his way to the water Alvin glanced back. He didn’t see Ruby, so he starting shedding his clothes. He waded out into the river until he was waist deep and splashed water up to his chest. Ruby stayed behind her car, trying to keep out of sight, but couldn’t take her eyes off Alvin. His lean white body had her full attention.”
Although the characters are all fictional, Franck hopes his portrayal of them and his descriptions of Depression-era Alabama gives them authenticity that readers will appreciate. “‘Alvin, on Waterloo Road’ is so down to Earth, the readers will think it’s about real people,” he says. “I want readers to take away the idea that whatever life throws your way, there’s a way to handle it.”
About the Author
Hector Franck is a retired sign painter and commercial artist. When he turned 17 he dropped out of school and joined the U.S. Navy. He was assigned to a landing ship, tank and sent overseas to the Far East. In Korea his ship was involved in three major battles. When he returned home he took a job painting and studying commercial art with the Famous Artist Schools. In 1958 he married Helen Nunley, and they raised three children. He retired in 1999 and is living a quiet life now, trying his hand at writing. He loves spending time with his four grandchildren. For more information visit home.comcast.net/~hafway/.
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