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Welcome to "Pushing Back," the first book in the Boone series. Boone is an Appalachian teenager growing up with the odds stacked against him. The disintegration of his family leaves him on his own, trying to understand the adult world he's entering. When he can figure out the right thing to do, he usually does it, but his anger and lack of understanding often get in the way. Look for a new chapter every Wednesday morning and follow Boone as he stumbles toward adulthood.

Boone struggles with trying to protect his mother and sister while dealing with his own fear of his father's angry explosions.

Boone confronts his daddy and is demeaned and belittled once again, but this time a real crisis is brewing.

Boone's family begins its final disintegration, and he has his first encounter with a reclusive neighbor.

Boone deals with the initial aftermath of his family's explosive breakup, primarily wrestling with what to do about his father. The reality of his situation starts to sink in.

Boone reaches out to his neighbor for help with a new problem, finds his daddy's stash, and is approached by a girl at school.

Boone takes stock of his assets, takes the truck out on the road for the first time, and works on what to tell people about what happened to his daddy.

Boone looks in on a grief-stricken neighbor, and receives a letter from his mother that contains devastating news.

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