Sweazy applied the Page 69 Test to his new novel, A Thousand Falling Crows, and reported the following:
Page 69 finds the reader at the very start of Chapter 10 and my main character, former Texas Ranger Sonny Burton, has found himself in a precarious situation. He has gone home from the hospital after having his right arm amputated with no one there to help him. He lives alone and has run out of food. After deciding that he wanted to continue living, he gets in his truck and drives to the closest grocery store, where he finds himself in the middle of robbery.Learn more about the book and author at Larry D. Sweazy's website and blog.
The scene demonstrates the change that has taken place in Sonny’s life and his struggle to deal with it. He has no badge, no currency any longer that comes from being a Texas Ranger. He is on his own, just like he was when he encountered Bonnie and Clyde. He came out of that encounter worse for the wear, suffering for the trouble. He has lost his confidence and his courage and his life will never the same.
I do think page shows the essence of Sonny’s struggle that he faces throughout the entire book: Can he be useful as a man, as a human being without his right arm? He has doubt and struggles that we can only imagine. He becomes angry when he can’t be what he once was. If anything, that’s what this book is about. How human beings face adversity and keep on living.
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