Richie the Caseworker
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A poignant coming-of-age novel by Christopher Febles, for anyone leaving college and still trying to find their place in the world.
Richie McGinn’s life is as unglamourous as it could get. Working a dead-end job delivering pizzas in the busy streets of Yonkers, his only real joy comes from watching the Yankees with his brother – whenever they can afford it, that is. But when his boss sends him out on a delivery to a homeless shelter, Richie starts to feel like maybe there are other options out there for him, and when Pizza Palace closes down, it turns out to be the kick in the butt he needs to take the plunge. But being a caseworker ends up being a completely new ballgame, and it’s one he has no idea how to play.
Hard knocks absorbed growing up in the greatest city in the world, the comfort of baseball and the Yankees, and a coming of age story beautifully told, Chris Febles has knocked it out of the park with Richie the Caseworker.
New York Times bestselling author of Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen.
In Richie the Caseworker Christopher Febles has given us a coming of age protagonist who embodies the true meaning of growth—beginning at any age—into a complete, compassionate, and loving human being. Indeed, it would be hard not to root for Richie as he transforms from a Yankees-obsessed youth into a well-rounded (and yet, fortunately for this reader, still Yankees-obsessed) adult. Well done, Mr. Febles!
Richard Samuel Sheres, author most recently of An Imperfect Certainty