New Novel Features Young Love’s Courage in the Face of Bigotry; Book by John Yantis

Dog Ear Publishing releases “Once Remembered” by John Yantis.

A 50th class reunion leads a man to remember his life in the small town of Howard, Kansas – a time when he was falling in love with a new girl in town who stirs up bigotry simply for being different. This new novel released by Dog Ear Publishing gives readers a glimpse of high school, young love and small-town 1950s Kansas.

Living in a small town has its challenges, especially when love is in the air. When Tommy John Watson and Maria Gonzales fall in love in a small Kansas town in the 1950s, their ethnic differences cause obstacles for them and for others. Things get even more complicated when Orval, Tommy’s farming father becomes the sheriff.

Told in flashbacks, “Once Remembered” paints a picture of small-town America with its descriptions of everyday life on a farm, high school sports and small senior classes – including Maria, a beautiful girl who is new in town. Although many people are welcoming, some are anything but. A deliberately set fire destroys Maria’s family’s garage and car, and the community rallies to help them buy a new car. The fire, however, has devastating effects beyond a burnt vehicle and tragedy strikes a classmate.

The hatred and fear escalate when a small group of hoodlums from town joins with an out-of-state hate group determined to make its point. Orval has more than he bargained for when he agreed to step up to enforce the law and must find out who’s responsible for terrorizing the Gonzales family. Maria, meanwhile, acts compassionately even in the face of small-town bigotry and mistrust for someone who is different. Tommy John soon finds himself head over heels with the brunette beauty and her even more beautiful heart.

The book resonates with this fictional – but compellingly realistic — description of life in the 1950s. This is the second novel for author John Yantis, who grew up in Kansas and worked there as a teacher, coach and administrator. He wrote numerous articles for professional journals as a university professor and dean after moving to Michigan.


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Once Remembered

John Yantis

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-4575-1112-7                        256 pages                         $12.95 US

Available at Ingram,, Barnes & Noble
and fine bookstores everywhere.

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