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The Unheralded King of Preston Plains Middle

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Red City Review Annual Book Awards Grand Prize

From irascible patriarch Alonzo Grandpa Tuke Tooker on down, the Hopkins family altruistic Dottie, dissatisfied Chester, and their sons Langston and Trajan are no typical residents of the Thames River Valley town of Preston, Connecticut. This is perhaps most true of Langston, a boy whose peers declare him to be the King of Pres
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Paperback, 330 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by River Grove Books
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Heather
Jun 07, 2013 rated it liked it
A friend of mine recommended this book to me because it's from an author who grew up in Southeastern Connecticut where I live. I like reading local authors and books that take place in this area.

When I first began to read the book, I wasn't entirely sure what the book was going to be about. After I read 98% of the book, I still wasn't sure what the book was about. The last 2% gave me something to grasp onto, but it just wasn't enough to give an accurate succinct summary of the book.

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Michael Noll
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I was a boy, my grandmother used to tell stories about our family. The stories never proceeded in a straight line. She'd stop and say, "Well, you know So-and-so was related to So-and-so" and then tell some crazy story about a person I'd never heard of but who was distantly related to me. After years of these stories, I gained a deep sense of the interwoven threads of the tapestry that was my family history. The child or cousin or grandkid of So-and-so would inevitably pop up in another stor ...more
Marie
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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As I am familiar with the area of Preston and Norwich, it was a hoot to read a story based in this area. I did trip up in the beginning when I found myself picturing the true location instead of the story location. I loved the storytelling of Trajan and his family. Jedah Mayberry sets the storytelling of Trajan's growing up as if he was sitting around the campfire and talking about a friend. As he tells the story he fills in the background and past; this could be confusing if you were trying to ...more
Simon
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended by one of the online review sites this is a really a really wonderful coming of age novel that is rich in detail and has an authentic feel. I would love to read more from this author. His prose are a genuine pleasure and though they do tend to get lost in the detail at times I think create a very distinctive literary voice.
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Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would describe The unheralded King Of Preston Plains Middle in three ways. First very well written, two a coming of age novel that reflects the realities of life and three thought provoking. If this Jedah Mayberry's first novel I cant wait to see what his second one will be.
Matthew Hiley
Oct 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jedah Mayberry has a raw, unique voice. I enjoyed the originality he offers in the way his characters develop throughout this powerful story. I look forward to his future offerings.
Michelle Rosado
Jan 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved reading about the town where I grew up and also was married in. This was a solid read and I enjoyed it.
Byron Edgington
Oct 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Here we have a growing up tale of two brothers whose lives take very different paths. When one dies, the other loses sight of who he is, becoming defined through the book by what his dead brother might have been. ‘Langston’ is the older brother of ‘Trajan.’ Langston is also Trajan’s idol, “…my whole world,” the younger Hopkins boy says at one point. The older boy also seems to be the title character, though that assignation could be given to other roles in the book, as we shall see.
Langston, who
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OOSA
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Am I My Brother’s keeper?

When Trajan Hopkins loses his brother in a freak accident, the family is pressed to find the answers to what happened and why. Instead of leaning on each other, each person goes into their own shell without reaching for the comfort of each other. His mother, Dottie, stays locked in her room for days at a time. His father, Chester, who left the family years earlier for another woman, stops by for random visits. Trajan struggles to grow up in the shadow of a brother that h
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Jedah Mayberry is an emerging fiction writer, born in New York, raised in Southeastern CT, backdrop for his debut novel. Jedah currently resides with his wife and teenage daughters in Austin, TX.