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Greyhound by Steffan Piper
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May 31, 12

Read in May, 2012

Greyhound is the story of Sebastien Raines, a timid white boy about to turn twelve who is abandoned by his Mother who drops him off at a Greyhound station in Stockton, CA with thirty bucks and a ticket to his father's parents in Altoona, PA. Very soon after leaving Sebastien meets Marcus, a young black man recently released from prison travelling to visit his mother in New York City. Marcus will become a profound influence upon Sebastien, teaching him about Langston Hughes, respecting others while not being a victim, and how to be a man and not a coward.

"You’ll never need to look too far for friends if you just be yourself. And don’t forget that it’s easier to be a man than it is to be a coward. It’s just harder to be an honest man than an honest coward. You can always lie to yourself, even if you never lie to others."

Greyhound is a wonderful coming-of-age novel set in 1981. Having spent a few days on a Greyhound for a round-trip from Greenville, SC to Boston and back long ago I can speak of the novel's authenticity. It's one of the best literary novels I've read in quite a while. It is currently free to borrow on your Kindle if you have an Amazon Prime membership.
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