New Young Adult Book – Voices of the Locusts

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Ron Hutchinson, a Missouri author has used his years as a high school student in Japan as the inspiration for a young-adult coming-of-age novel titled Voices of the Locusts.

About Voices of the Locusts

Voices of the Locusts

From his deathbed, 81-year-old Jack O’Brien reveals to his grandson the existence of a long-forgotten story he wrote as a teenager years earlier while living in Japan. The 16-year-old grandson finds the story in an old footlocker in his grandfather’s attic, and spends days pouring over the real-life account. Set at a U.S. military base in rural Japan in 1948, and playing out against a backdrop of swirling post-War social change, Jack’s Voices of the Locusts tells the story of three families—one black, one white, one Asian. The story also recounts Jack’s love for a Japanese girl, Fujiko Kobaysi, who has been promised in marriage by her parents to an older man. Told in vivid and sometimes haunting detail, Jack and Fujiko are frustrated in their romantic quest by story characters coming to terms (often violently) with the emotional scars of World War II. (The content of this novel depicts violence, and is recommended for mature young adults.)

About Ron Hutchison

Ron Hutchison is a best-selling American author with four multi-genre novels to his credit. After graduating from the University of Missouri, Hutchison began a long career in journalism, public relations and later operated his own public relations agency. His choice of novels is determined not by genre, but by the weight of the story.

Hutchison has worked as a reporter, editor, and columnist for newspapers in Texas, California and Missouri. A Fortune 100 company employed him as a public relations executive. Currently, Hutchison makes his home in Joplin, Missouri.

Writing under the name of Chris Cloud, Ron authored A Boy Called Duct Tape.

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