Sixteen year old Gus Woodard is about to live the best summer of his life. Then something goes wrong. Something goes terribly wrong.
Ajar is a coming of age story about sixteen year old Gus Woodard and his schizophrenic brother. Set during the 1970s in a small town in upstate New York, Gus must suffer the undeserved consequences when his delusional brother kills the local sweetheart and the high school’s popular football coach. Gus blunders his way through life as the town turns against his family. He is forced to experience betrayal from those closest to him. Gus’s only hope is Lindy a fifteen year old girl suffering from anorexia nervosa. The two become inseparable but the love and acceptance Gus feels with Lindy is soon shattered.
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Marianna Boncek is an English teacher, author, and poet. She grew up in the Sullivan County Catskills and is a recent transplant to the Hudson Valley. She has a particularly keen interest in “lost” local history. Her two books Gone Missing in New York and The Spooky Hudson Valley were published by Schiffer Publications. Her poems have appeared in The Waywanda Review, The River Reporter, Home Planet News and Lifeblood.