The MOTORCITY MIRACLES novel is set in 1927 Detroit and runs through the boom days of the automobile industry up till 1963, right after JFK was shot. With influences from Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and John Steinbeck. This book is a classic, in the sense that all the detail of the era is brought through, clearly and authentically and its all historically true, but in a novel setting.
In 1927 Jack Randolph, his wife,Dorothy, and their three young children left their roots in Clovis, Kentucky. The tobacco plantation was all they knew or their family at that, for over 300 years. He was moving to Detroit to build on an award he had won building a revolutionary engine for International Harvester Co. He wanted to try his hand at the ever emerging combustion engine. Over the next 35 years Jack worked his way from an entry level engineer’s position to the President of Cadillac Motor Co. The story begins in the springtime joys of the last of the Roaring 20’s and ends in the sullen gloom of the early months after the assassination of JFK. Through tragic seasons of losing his wife, fighting day and night for the WWII war effort, with all the other major leaders, tumultuos times with the UAW runs its gambit throughout some of the most exciting decades in the past century. If a Norman Rockwell was a book it would read like this. I have John Steinbeck as a main mentor and I hope the story is written in his clear and elegant style. It’s All American at its core but lot of real life tragedy to be honest.
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Will Reed is a 62 year old author, currently at readwillreed.com you can find 4 of his novels and 2 of his non-fiction titles. All of Will’s books are packed with adventure and are always exciting. Besides the 4 novels, his other two books are full of rich history about Detroit’s 1920s automotive industry and the people who helped build Detroit. Mr. Reed currently lives inIn 1927 Guadalajara, Mexico.