A coming of age story from the 1960s. A young girl is forced to move to a different state & it might has well have been a foreign country to her. She is traumatized by the actual move & also the historcal events taking part in the country right in her own back yard, it seems. She realizes she is a nerd & there is nothing she can do about it--but there is one surprise & a sweet lifetime memory.
What Kind of Man... is a thought-provoking and entertaining read. I normally don't gravitate to this kind of fantasy book, but I saw the jacket, which enticed me, awhile back and must say it was a "real trip." Although it is fiction, and a delightful ghost story, it is also filled with historical fact about the man, Franklin Pierce, so we can better understand his character and the turbulent times in which he lived and tried to be a good president. One of the most fascinating things one comes to learn is how Franklin's life was so entertwined with the lives of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and what they each gladly gave to each other. I became captivated by the daring adventures Franklin and Sally insert themselves into. I noticed that Greenberry Baxter, the author, had recently revised this book--so I had to read it again, wondering why. He has removed some of the more controversial subject matter, but kept it true to its original intent with great artistry. Two thumbs up from me.
--Dr. F. E. Mugslowe, M.D. (the Epilogue is very good)