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From Alabama at mid-century, there’d been John and his Evelyn — now from Minnesota at century’s end, Price and his Joy — two couples whose struggles ran as parallel as rails on a track. Had John Hobson’s smile been erased by a long ago war, or had he suffered a more defining chapter in his life? And what of his son, Price, the small-town boy who stamped his mark upon a cor ...more
Hardcover, 423 pages
Published by Two Harbors Press
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Larry B Gray
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have read a lot of books that brought a tear to my eye, but Bones of My Brother by J. Frank Dunkin actually had me crying in a couple of places. I truly lost myself in this book.

The author’s style of storytelling created a storyline and world that was so real I found it impossible to stop reading. His choice of words and descriptors captivated me and transported me back to the time of my own youth.

You see, I grew up in the south in the fifties and sixties and this book brought back so many mem
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Barbara Broach
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Once every few years, I read a book that seems to be written especially for me. It needs to be a great story, with believable characters, in a relatable setting and written in a literary style. Bones of My Brother by J. Frank Dunkin is just such a book. I had the opportunity to read it before publication as a Beta reader, recruited by the author. I never expected a debut novel to be so compelling. In fact, the more I read, the more I had to keep reminding myself that I wasn't reading the latest ...more
Abigailann (Abigail)
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it

A compelling and evocative novel, dealing with what it means to love family and God within our earthly world.

It took me a little while to get the characters sorted in my mind but, once I had done this, I grew to love them. All of them were real and well-defined, but it was Price who particularly stood out for me.

What I like most about this book though is how down-to-earth it all seemed. There is a clear message, but that is secondary to both the pure storytelling and the context in which it
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Underground Book Reviews
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
On the surface, Bones of My Brother is about real estate guru Price Hobson simply trying to find closure after his father John dies. But there is so much more to this book than parallel father-son stories. It’s about chasing your wildest dreams to the very edge of common sense. Finding your spirituality. Coming to terms with your faults and uncovering dark family secrets. In the hands of less talented writers, tackling such huge thematics in one novel would be considered “biting off more than yo ...more
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J. Frank Dunkin grew up in Marion, Alabama during the heyday of The Grand Ole Opry, the birth of Rock and Roll and the height of the Civil Rights Movement. He recalled that in those days, local businesses were closed on Wednesday afternoons, and the friends he made in first grade stood beside him in caps and gowns twelve years later.

For him, the fifties and early sixties were a magical time when d
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“Whether a man favors crepes and classical or cornbread and country, the complexities of life are all the same.

-The Rabbi-”
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