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JOHNNY D. BOGGS. Summer of the Star

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JOHNNY D. BOGGS. Summer of the Star. Five Star Publishing. Hardcover, 234 pages, $25.95, gale.cengage.com/fivestar

With Summer of the Star, Johnny D. Boggs might have his most complex coming-of-age novel yet. Told as a memoir, he opens both emotional and physical wounds in young Madison Carter MacRae on a cattle drive up the Chisholm Trail to Kansas. There he meets his first love and also kills his first man. What makes this so engaging is Boggs’s storytelling through eyes trying to make sense of the love, loss, blood, and hate.