It’s Summer 1962 - time for the scouts to reconvene at Camp Chippewa. For 13-year-old Nelson, this means enduring the humiliations his fellow scouts bestow upon him. But an unlikely kinship between Nelson and popular boy Jonathan changes everything. The Hearts of Men is just that: a heart-breaking and compelling story of father and son bonds, childhood friendships and loyalties that endure a lifetime. This novel truly packs a punch and uncovers what it means to be a good man.
Nicola Kennedy, Dubray Bray
Camp Chippewa, 1962. Thirteen-year-old Nelson, loner and over-achiever, is nicknamed the Bugler as he proudly sounds the reveille each morning. This is the summer that everything changes, marking the beginning of Nelson's uncertain friendship with a popular boy named Jonathan, and the discovery of his father's betrayal. As time moves on, Nelson, irrevocably scarred from the Vietnam War, becomes Scoutmaster of Camp Chippewa, while Jonathan marries, divorces, and transforms his father's business. When something unthinkable happens during a visit from Jonathan's grandson and daughter-in-law, the aftermath tests the depths - and the limits - of Nelson's selflessness and bravery. The Hearts of Men is a lyrical, wise and deeply affecting novel about the slippery definitions of right and wrong, family and fidelity, and the redemptive power of friendship.