The Escape of Bobby Ray Hammer,
A Novel of a ’50s Family
by David Sheppard.
(Now Available Online)
The Escape of Bobby Ray Hammer is a second generation Grapes of Wrath novel in that Bobby’s parents migrated to California during the 1930s, the “Dust Bowl” days. Bobby is entering his senior year in high school and eager to graduate and go on to college to get out of his rural farming community; however, he realizes he must resolve the family problems that originated, he believes, with the death of his older brother before he can fulfill his dream. Little does he realize the trail of misery he will cause as he uncovers the family secrets that led to his brother’s death.
David Sheppard is the author of the non-fiction works Oedipus on a Pale Horse and Novelsmithing, and the fiction trilogy The Mysteries, A Novel of Ancient Eleusis. He holds a bachelor’s from Arizona State University, a master’s from Stanford University, and has also studied American Literature at the University of Colorado.
Richard Sheppard is a fine artist and freelance illustrator. His book The Artist on the Road, Impressions of Greecehas just been published by Qwerty Press. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a Bachelor of arts in painting and drawing from Arizona State University.