In the Shadows of the Oaks by Frank Settineri

  • Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 2, 2011)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 334 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1468019686
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1468019681
  • Item Weight : 15.8 ounces

In the Shadows of the Oaks by Frank Settineri

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This is the hard hitting story of life in an inner city. Sean Allen reluctantly accepts a teaching position in an urban school, initiating the darkest period of his life. His preconceived perceptions of the neighborhood plunge to abysmal depths as he witnesses the chaos, intimidation, racism and corruption within the school system, and the city. Encouraged by a basketball buddy Sean begins home tutoring and meets Landi, the mother of a student, who repudiates his presence from the very beginning. The more Landi spurns him the more infatuated he becomes with her and the more he is torn between her and Brenda, a teacher he dates. Their lives become intimately entangled in the present and past and are punctuated with romance, love, hostility and betrayal. While his encounters with Landi and Brenda spin out of control, the community also spins out of control – a vicious mayoral election, the murder of an innocent youth, an accidental death, a precipitous battle between warring street gangs and a public outcry regarding his relationship with Landi and Brenda. Filled with tension, hostility and passion this novel exposes the corrupt state of affairs in the schools, the city, and the country, sometimes in a manner that is politically incorrect. Although fictitious, many parts of it are played out every day in school districts throughout the country and it is the author’s intent to show that despite all the outward differences between races, there are more similarities than what first meets the eye.