From the author
“That summer had started off as a good one, but that was before it all went crashing down into the bottom of a ravine.” So begins this account of a young boy’s crumbling innocence. The Good I Stand On chronicles the life of twelve-year-old Ben Grogan during the summer his entire world changes forever.
Before that summer, Ben’s life consisted of exploring the small corners of his rural Virginia town with his little brother, Christopher, and their vulgar eccentric friend, Martin. But a single and tragic event that takes place on an old railroad bridge will change everything and send him down a frightening and dangerous path. Ben will face not only self-preservation, but also the hardest challenge any child must face—responsibility for another person. Along the way, the truth of his little country town will finally be revealed, and his perception of that world and the people in it will never be the same. In the end, everything he knows will be challenged: his understanding of morality and truth and—most importantly—his innocence.
Original title: The Good I Stand On
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics