Until They Bring The Streetcars Back serves up a nostalgic journey through the streets of post-war 1949 Saint Paul-- those wistful days of ten-cent sodas, big band music, and burning leaves. Stanley West weaves rollicking humor, riveting suspense, and a bittersweet love story into the fabric of those optimistic times. Through a seemingly har
One of my favorite middle school teachers had a saying on her wall that said "What's right isn't always popular and what's popular isn't always right." She'd be happy to hear that I remembered this quote because I looked at it every day during French class and read it forward and backward. This quote has never been so true. In Until They Bring the Streetcars Back, Cal lives by this quote. He does not care what the cool thing is to do when it comes to Gretchen. The minute his friends hear that he is talking to "Gretch the Wretch", they start teasing him about falling in love with that strange girl. Little do they know that this girl is being abused and sexually assaulted by her father on a daily basis. She has to live with the guilt and all of the lies she has to tell. Her life is restricted. She has had anything but a normal childhood and Cal wants to make that better. Cal puts his reputation, education, and athletic future on the line to keep his promise to her. He ends up becoming a criminal himself, just to stop Luttermann. He gives up graduating high school to help one girl. Cal is such a selfless guy. He saves a rabbit from being beaten to death and he tries to save McCluskey's dog. If there is something wrong and something is getting hurt, Cal will give his all to help whoever or whatever it is, no matter what the cost.
Until They Bring The Streetcars Back serves up a nostalgic journey through the streets of post-war 1949 Saint Paul, those wistful days of ten-cent sodas, big band music, and burning leaves. Stanley West weaves rollicking humor, riveting suspense and a bittersweet love story into the fabric of those optimistic times.
A harmless prank, a chance conversation and Cal Gant (in the friendly neighborhoods of his idyllic life) stumbles onto the naked face of cruelty, incest and murder. When he attempts to rescue a strange and haunting girl from the slaughterhouse her life has become, he finds himself in a heart-stopping struggle with her ruthless father, leading Cal to the brink of self-doubt, terror and death itself. Can he find within himself the backbone to stand against the horror, the daring to concoct some scheme to set Gretchen free? Until They Bring The Streetcars Back is the gripping story of what Cal does. (From the publisher.)
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