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About the The Courage of Others:
Sixteen-year-old Davy Stoneman accompanies his Aunt Esther to the train station to greet his Uncle Marsh, returning home to Twin Forks, Texas from World War I in 1919.
When Davy’s uncle steps off the train, Davy realizes that the army has sent him home to die.
Aunt Easter seeks the help of Sister Rose, a black woman known for her herbs and cures. As Sister Rose slowly restores Uncle Marsh’s health, a friendship develops between Sister Rose’s teenage son Daniel and Davy. Through his new friend, Davy meets Rachel, a black girl his own age, and he finds himself attracted to her.
The three young people are soon working together to repair an old house that will be used to teach black children to read and write. As a result, Davy and his uncle and aunt find themselves caught up in events that lead to death and tragedy.
In the face of tragedy, Davy learns that the true nature of each person is deeper than one’s skin, that depravity can reshape a soul into something ugly and mean and destructive, and that the courage to confront such depravity, no what matter the cost, is often learned through the ‘courage of others’.
In April 2016, James Hitt will begin a coast-to-coast journey "Looking for Literary America". He will document his travels as he searches out the people and places that have impacted American literature. Meet-ups with modern-day authors, visits to iconic homes and settings, tours of popular indie bookstores
Jim Hitt is a graduate of North Texas State University and holds a BA in English and history and a MA in history. In addition to his many articles related to the west and film, he is the author of THE AMERICAN WEST, FROM FICTION INTO FILM (McFarland, 1991), which has been called the definitive monograph on the subject, and WORDS AND SHADOWS (Citadel, 1993), an examination of mainstream American literature and its connection to film.
He is also represented in THE LOUIS L’AMOUR COMPANION (Andrews and McMeel, 1992). In 2001, Adventure Books published his novel THE LAST WARRIOR. In 2009 his short story “The Boy with Too Much Hair” won the grand prize for best fantasy story from Once Written.com In 2010 Aberdeen Bay released CARNY: A NOVEL IN STORIES, which won the Grand Prize for Fiction at the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. He has also been a guest speaker at the Gene Autry Museum.