The Escape of Bobby Ray Hammer, A Novel of a '50s Family by David Sheppard
Approx. 152,300 words.
Published on July 28, 2011.
Among the 5 finalists in the Faulkner Society Novel Competition. The Escape of Bobby Ray Hammer is a second generation Grapes of Wrath novel. Bobby is just entering his senior year in high school and eager to graduate and go on to college to get out of his rural farming community; however, he must resolve family problems that originated, he believes, with his brother's death.