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The Gulch Jumpers Kindle Edition
Ellie Sanders discovers a battered shoebox of handwritten song lyrics in the back of her bedroom closet. The hunt for the missing songwriter leads her to Ray, an elderly homeless man with a broken spirit. Fifty years earlier, Ray's bluegrass band, the Gulch Jumpers, was on the verge of success when tragedy struck and he lost everything. Ray asks Ellie to take him on a desperate search to help him heal a fifty-year-old wound, a journey to the crossroads. Though dealing with her own ghosts, Ellie embarks with Ray on a journey into the world of bluegrass music and fifty-year-old race relations.
Along for the road trip is Ellie's college friend, Brandy, a sullen and resentful heroin addict with her own secrets. Racial prejudice, legal hurdles, grief over lost children, and drug addiction converge as Ellie, Ray and Brandy discover the power of music, friendship, and hope.
- ASIN : B09KGYWFQV
- Publisher : No Bad Books Press; 1st edition (November 4, 2021)
- Publication date : November 4, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 6432 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 324 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
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The story sends an unlikely trio on a road trip from the rust belt into Appalachia and the deep south. Elie and Brandy set out to solve a decades-long mystery that sent Ray into a path of sorrow and homelessness. As the miles pass by, the trio becomes a dysfunctional family determined to solve Ray’s mystery.
The Gulch Jumpers shows that we are not alone in this world. Life is unpredictable. We often find ourselves taking a different path, a path we never intended to venture down. We live our lives on the journeys that we share with others. Our unique path takes part in our shared experiences with us and leaves part of our lives behind with others.
Ellie meets Ray at a homeless shelter after finding a 'box of treasures' in her closet that once belonged to his family. Along with another homeless character who was Ellie's high school friend, Ray and Ellie set out on a trip to find Ray's daughter. As is natural in books such as this, there are emotional hardships along the way that teach each of the characters something about themselves. The arcs are satisfying and well thought out and the book is well written. I especially enjoyed all the blues music references and can't wait to check out some of the music referenced. This book was an enjoyable way to spend my time and satisfied my soul in many way.