on 1/29/2021 by Robert Bingham
DEBUT NOVEL: “THE RANKINS OF PRATT COUNTY”
AUTHOR : ROBERT L. BINGHAM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JANUARY 29, 2021
A coming-of-age story, “The Rankins of Pratt County,” tells the story of an Illinois teenager attempting to survive a severely dysfunctional family in the early 1980s. In the midst of the struggle, a faulty decision lands 15 ½ year old Russell Rankin in the juvenile justice system. Further family disappointments compound the minor’s status until a North Carolina grandmother steps forward to provide temporary residence. Caring personalities evolve to guide and nurture Russell’s adjustment during a tumultuous stage of adolescence.
“The Rankins of Pratt County” chronicles Russell’s lonely and eventful journey as family and his adopting Blue Ridge community provide needed structure and support during his adjustment. Unashamedly, this 312-page novel is a feel good, overcome the odds, root for the underdog story that champions resiliency of the human spirit.
The novel’s narrative is uniquely enhanced by inclusion of an official court document, a one-act play within the novel, journal and diary entries, and a letter. The book is authored by a career practitioner and recognized expert within the field of juvenile justice; it presents an outcome typically not recognized by the general public.
The author previously published a memoir, “Growing Up Lansdowne” in 2015.
Release dates: E-book – January 29, 2021, Printed version – March 5, 2021.
Robert L. Bingham