Far From Good: The Trial of Sam Cray

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WinePress Publishing, Jun 15, 2011 - Fiction - 288 pages
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A town divided by racial prejudice...

When his school year draws to a close, Sam Cray looks forward to a carefree summer with his friends. However, now that his parents are divorced, it's up to him to help his mom and tend to their rundown house. To make matters worse, their new neighbor is Coach Ray Bedford, a control freak known for his harsh manner on the football field and occasional racist remarks.

When angry words between Sam's friend, Dewayne, and Coach Bedford turn to blows, Sam is called to testify in a sensational trial that threatens to divide a small Kentucky town. Sam's difficult choices and the trial's aftermath set events in motion that put his life in danger. When a summer ending canoe trip with friends turns deadly, will Sam return alive?


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A Great Read For All Ages!

User Review  - Robin Prater - Christianbook.com

Far From Good is a tale of friendship during changing times. I really enjoyed this read. It was like going back in time and for a first time writer, Stephen Van Zant did an amazing job at bringing the ... Read full review

An Unforgettable Novel of Coming of Age

User Review  - richard r blake - Christianbook.com

An Unforgettable Novel of Coming of Age in the 1970s in Kidron Country Kentucky Stephen Van Zant has captured the pent up emotional state brought about by intimidation, prejudice, and the misuse of ... Read full review


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Stephen Van Zant graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kentucky with a degree in American Literature. He became the fourteenth attorney in his family when he received his law degree from the University of Louisville. His grandfather, Albert W. Van Zant, was the youngest judge ever elected to the bench in Kentucky when he became the county judge of Metcalfe County in 1941 at the age of twenty-six.

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