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About The Author: Michael Beardslee is currently retired after 34 years of working in the auto insurance industry claims world with the majority of that time being spent as a field trainer. He has lived in the state of Michigan his entire life, mainly in Livingston County. He currently resides in Brighton and West Branch, Michigan with his wife, Terese Fitzpatrick, and Molly, their golden retriever.
Michael was born in Flint, Michigan and graduated from Fenton High School. He has a BME degree from Eastern Michigan University.
Title: The Fenton Mafia
Genre: Fictionalized Memoir
Book Synopsis: This book is Volume #2 of the “The White Lake Road Chronicles.” This specific entry is titled, “The Fenton Mafia.” This work follows the first volume titled, “Bad Hombre.”
Michael suggests that if you have not already done so, read this series in chronological order, as there will be a grand total of 10 volumes that will depict how a high school student who transfers to another high school for his senior year overcomes adversity and insecurity.
“Bad Hombre” is the lead-in for the who, what, where and how of obstacles that this young man faces as he approaches “the greatest year of his life.”
This story is loosely based upon Michael’s own senior year of high school which took place during the 1969-70 school year. While he is now many ages removed from those days, he still treasures the friends and great moments of that closed period of his existence.
What you will read in this book contains many factual moments of his life. However, he also used some creative writing skills to allow the direction of this novel to read how he would have actually liked his life as a 12th grader to have taken place.
So, if your memory or research skills show that a certain athletic conference does not exist, or a result of a High School Band District Festival rating is different than what history shows, then that is when you will find the imagination of Mike Beardslee running rampant.
Now don’t get mislead by the subtitle, “Volume II.” There is no Michael Corleone, Al Capone, “Frankie Five Fingers” or Hiram Roth in this work or a person even close to these movie characters. Just four high school band kids were christened with this nickname by a trombone player.
The format of this novel is written in the style of a person making daily entries into a journal or log showing what happened on such and such date of the year. Volume II starts on October 1st 1969 and runs through October 31st 1969.
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