The Whipping Boy

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Tom Freshour is a striking half-Indian who knows nothing of the world beyond the orphanage where he’s been raised by a sadistic minister. But Tom is about to get a bracing education, as he embarks on a set of wild adventures across the Oklahoma Territory, uncovering a scheme to steal land, being chased by a hired killer, and confronting the man who made him a whipping boy. More

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About Speer Morgan

Born and raised in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Speer Morgan is the author of five books. His first novel, published in 1979, was set in Arkansas and the Indian Territory during the late 1800s. Among his other four novels, three have been set in Arkansas and Oklahoma - one in 1894, another in 1934, and another in the 1980s."The Whipping Boy" (1994)was aided by an NEA Individual Fellowship in fiction. His latest novel, "The Freshour Cylinders"(1998), won Foreword Magazine's Silver Award for the best book of the year. It also won an American Book Award in 1999. Morgan teaches in the English Department at the University of Missouri where he has edited The Missouri Review for 30 years.

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Review by: Daniel Schorsch on Sep. 22, 2010 :
This is the first of two, so far, Tom Freshour tales. This one concerns a half-breed Indian teenager and his ghrowing up after release from an orphanage. His maturing, as the story progresses, is subtle but evident. Life in west Arkansas and east Oklahoma in the late 19th century is beautifully portrayed centering about an area of the country and people in conflict not too often depicted. It is riveting and mind expanding. Morgan's insights into human nature are spot on.
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