Posted August 16, 2010
"A young boy’s world suddenly turns upside down when he loses his arm in a teenage prank gone awry in the 1890’s. Hopes and dreams give way to uselessness and despair - until he is introduced to a fascinating device that changes his life forever - the telegraph key. Thomas L. Wiley tells the story of Ollie Parker, The Telegrapher, as he faces the difficulties and limitations of not being whole. From the taunts of the school bully and the awkward self-consciousness and rejection of young love, to the envy that engulfs him as he watches his best friend go off to war, Ollie sees life passing him by. But through the loving wisdom of his grandmother and the captivating dots and dashes of the telegraph, he finds that even in tragedy there is room for hope and fulfillment. A Heartwarming Story of a Young Man’s Triumph over Adversity."
An inspirational story based on true facts, Wiley weaves history into a novel about love and redemption, sacrifice and honor, and in the telling, the reader takes away information about telegraphy and Mississippi's growth during the 1800's and early 1900's. As the main character - Ollie Parker - regales us with impressions about modern inventions like the automobile and airplane, he's also sharing stories about the ravages of war as told from the viewpoint of maimed Civil War soldiers spending their days whiling away time on the front porch of the local general store, or those coming back from WWI and WWII. Spellbinding read.
Thomas Wiley, a lifelong resident of Mississippi, lives in Jackson, where he is a physician, practicing Gynecology. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and The University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He and his wife, Merrie, have four children and six grandchildren. He is the author of The Angels of Lockhart, with a new novel in the works.
I look foward to reading this up and coming Southern writer's next novel.
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