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Bitter Is the Wind
Bitter Is the Wind
A Novel
by Jim McDermott


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Do Americans live in a land of freedom and equality where people with vision, brains, and a strong work ethic can have rewarding lives? Or is ours a society where well-being, dignity, and independence are reserved for a narrow elite?

Bitter Is The Wind is a coming of age novel that traces the lives of George Johnson, Jr and his father from the rural blue collar landscape of upstate New York in the 1970s to the halls of Wharton Business School and the heights of Wall Street. After a family tragedy strengthens their familial bond, the Johnsons contend with assembly line monotony, unfulfilled dreams of baseball stardom, and they learn what it means to be tempted, trapped, jailed—and ignored by a seemingly uncaring God.

First-time novelist Jim McDermott opens a window on the American working class and its aching desire for financial security, recognition, and respect. His characters confront a modern world with limited possibilities, ambiguous mores, and authorities who seem devoted to keeping the brightest and most talented members of the underclass on the other side of town. Bitter Is The Wind deconstructs the American dream.
 
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 Jim McDermott is a nationally recognized business litigation attorney based in Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife and two daughters. He has worked on an assembly line and also represented multi-national corporations. Bitter is the Wind is his first novel.
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Book in Print :   04/19/2016
US Pub Date :   02/08/2016
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A pungent slice of working-class life in 1970s America, as well as a deeply-affecting father-son story. Bitter is the Wind reminded me how hard it’s always been to achieve success for those who weren’t handed it on a silver platter.
— Stephen Fife
  • author of The 13th Boy and Dreaming in the Maze of Love-Grief-Madness
     

    Jim McDermott has written an absorbing novel of two working class men, father and son. His book is a meditation on the purpose of work, the meaning of freedom, and the satisfactions of parental sacrifice. Psychologically trapped by his mother's death in a tragic traffic accident, young George Johnson makes a series of mistakes, lashing out against his fate. Thanks to his native intelligence and his father's loyalty, he escapes a background of poverty and limited options, only to discover that “success” does not necessarily guarantee freedom. 

    A fascinating tale of American aspirations seen from perspective of characters customarily deprived of opportunity.
    — Frederic Hunter
    • Author of A Year at the Edge of the Jungle and The Girl Ran Away
       
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