A twelve year old boy who was born with a facial disfigurement befriends an old, fallen-from-grace preacher. Their friendship is threatened, however, when the boy's mother discovers the old man is the preacher responsible for her parents' financial ruin years ago. More
Jonas Pike is a twelve year old boy who was born with a facial disfigurement. He befriends an old, fallen-from-grace preacher who just needs someone to believe in him. Their friendship is threatened, however, when the boy's mother, Dolores, finds out he is the same preacher who swindled her parents out of their life savings years ago. Matters are complicated even further when Paul Jenkins, the boy's drunken step-father, suspects Dolores of having an affair with the old man, and he vows revenge.
A tragedy about forgiveness and faith, accusation and doubt, the mundane and the miraculous, Pain's Joke examines the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
Chuck Hunter lives in Northeast Ohio with his wife and two kids. When he's not writing or working his day job as a machinist, he enjoys hiking, fishing, backpacking, and tending to his irises. Pain's Joke is his first book.