In Dragonfly, I explore new terrain—my childhood experiences growing up in south Texas during the early 1960s. Unlike my previous books, this is not a book for young children as I explore the darker elements of growing up in a harsh environment. Although the work feels like a memoir, it reads like a novel as I use a spare, unrelenting narrative to emphasize the time, place, and underlying familial themes at work in this book. Although darker in tone than most of my books, nonetheless the content is appropriate for the upper elementary and middle school reader.
I couldn't put this book down! Texas sounds mysterious and the bits of information about life growing up there held my interest. This is a book that my twelve-year-old son will enjoy. —Amazon five-star review
Although I was born in Jersey City, I spent most of my childhood in southern Texas, in a small dusty cattle town named Falfurrias. How did I get there? After my father died unexpectedly at age thirty-eight, leaving behind three young children, my mother married a man she met in the army. He took us to south Texas where he was the county attorney. Although he turned out to be an alcoholic, and rather mean in his ways, my friends and I had some great fun exploring the outdoors. We hunted, fished, rode horses, and built forts—almost everyday.