Fortunes of the Once Downtrodden: A Novel By

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A rags-to-riches tale of two young adult males in their early twenties, Fred Murphy and Mitch Stein, who also help keep the memory of a quiet, lonely, somewhat misfit social studies teacher, Simon Goldberg, who passed away alive by publishing his romance story. Through this journey, Fred and Mitch meet two women, and they are, at the core, loyal to them. The book has a surprising ending, which can only be appreciated by hanging on each word like holding on to the handrails of a roller coaster through a roller coaster ride. The author, himself, practiced abstinence from dating women to improve his romance writing and to also get inside the mind of one of the main characters, Simon Goldberg. It is an amazing adventure and love story.
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Mike Sullivan lives in Southern California. He is an avid listener and promoter of classic rock music, modern rock music, surf music, hot rod music, and all other types of rock music, live rock bands, and rock concerts/events. He also has a thirst for poetry and philosophy and writes on those two subjects in addition to thinking about them. He sacrificed abstinence from dating women to create a hunger so that his romance writing would improve and to also get inside the mind of one of the main characters, the lonesome social studies teacher, Simon Goldberg.

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Feb 10, 2015
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