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Roughnecks by Thomas Cochran
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Apr 13, 2012

it was amazing

I read this book in conjunction with my creative writing students in anticipation of Mr. Cochran (the author) coming to talk with us "writer to writers" -- The book is simply sweet. The original critics apparently praised and poked it for it's old fashioned sensibilities. These, I found darling and perfect for a book set in a very particular place and time. The characters are realistic and well drawn, and I wish to know each of them better. I do believe if I taught in a single gender secondary classroom full of boys, this would be required reading. It's full of good questions and answers for the plans of any teacher or parent who wants a good boy to become a good man. As a writer, Mr. Cochran has performed by the book, and all young writers, reading as writers, will benefit from this sweet treat of a Southern, small town football story. I'd like to see a whole collection of short fiction about Travis Cody's town.<3

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