Jack Duncan is a high school senior whose dream is to play baseball
in college and beyond―as far away from Delano as possible. He longs to
escape the political turmoil surrounding the labor struggles of the
striking fieldworkers that infests his small ag town. Ever since his
father, a grape grower, died under suspicious circumstances ten years
earlier, he’s had to be the sole emotional support of his mother, who
has kept secrets from him about his father’s involvement in the ongoing
With their property on the verge of a tax sale, Jack drives an old
combine into town to sell it so he and his mother don’t become homeless.
On the road, an old friend of his father’s shows up and hands him the
police report indicating Jack’s father was murdered. Jack is compelled
to dig deep to discover the entire truth, which throws him into the
heart of the corruption endemic in the Central Valley. Everything he has
dreamed of is at stake if he can’t control his impulse for revenge.
While Jack’s girlfriend, the intelligent and articulate Ella, warns
him not to so anything to jeopardize their plans of moving to L.A.,
after graduation, Jack turns to his best friend, Adrian, a star player
on the team, to help to save his mother’s land. When Jack’s efforts to
rescue a stolen piece of farm equipment leaves Adrian―the son of a
boycotting fieldworker who works closely with Cesar Chavez―in a
catastrophic situation, Jack must bail his friend out of his dilemma
before it ruins his future prospects. Jack uses his wits, his acumen at
card playing, and his boldness to raise the money to spring his friend,
who has been transformed by his jail experience.
The Road to Delano is the path Jack, Ella, and Adrian must take to find their strength, their duty, their destiny.
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an adjunct professor and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding
University. His recent co-authored books include Broken Circle: A
Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan (Little A Publishers), and Courage to Say
No by Dr. Raana Mahmood, about her struggles against sexual
exploitation as a female physician in Karachi. His published novel
Leonardo’s Chair published in 2005.In 2012, he won a prestigious Norman Mailer Fellowship to complete
his most recent historical novel, Road to Delano. His novels Leonardo’s
Chair and No Ordinary Man have received critical recognition.He works with select clients to write stories of inspiration and
determination and with those who have a vital message to bring to the
marketplace of ideas in well-written books.
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