New Novel Explores Struggles of Today’s Youth

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Hampton Jeffreys marks literary debut with ‘Simpleton’

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Hampton Jeffreys debuts in the world of literature with the release of “Simpleton” (published by Archway Publishing). This new novel explores topical issues of bullying and the struggles of today’s youth through the story of David Williams, a young man who struggles to chart his identity and destiny in a world that seemingly does not want him.

David is relentlessly bullied by his classmates, abused by his overbearing mother, who vacillates between smothery love and mental and physical cruelty and confused by his sporadic relationship with his spineless, insecure father. As David enters tenth grade, he develops a crush on Mitzi Williams, a beautiful fellow student who seemingly has no clue that he even exists. Things become even worse when Paul Emmett and Kelly Lowe constantly find increasingly devious ways to make David’s life miserable at every turn. But when an unfortunate chain of events concludes on high school graduation day, David is left at a crossroads where he finally makes an important realization that changes everything.

Jeffreys is an evocative and compelling narrator who succeeds in giving voice to his characters’ struggles and fears. He hopes that this novel will give readers courage to overcome whatever hurdles are keeping them from the life they want to live.

“I hope my book makes them realize that, even though things don’t always work out the way we want them to, a way can still be found to move forward in life” Jeffreys says.

A deeply moving and unforgettable first novel, “Simpleton” is a bittersweet, sometimes comical, coming-of-age story of a young man who must rely on perseverance, inner strength and courage to escape a less-than-ideal fate.

By Hampton Jeffreys
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 182 pages | ISBN 9781480828803
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 182 pages | ISBN 9781480828827
E-Book | 182 pages | ISBN 9781480828810
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Hampton Jeffreys is a former paralegal who is happy to have finally achieved his lifelong goal of writing a novel. He lives with his family in Spartanburg.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit or call 888-242-5904.

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