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Waiting for Pops: A Journey from Boy to Man John Philip Riffice

Waiting for Pops: A Journey from Boy to Man

John Philip Riffice

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Waiting for Pops, a mainstream biographical novel, is a tale of a young boys appalling mistreatment at the hands of his alcoholic mother. It is a tale of spousal secrets and parental lies. It is a tale of love, friendship, and, above all else,MoreWaiting for Pops, a mainstream biographical novel, is a tale of a young boys appalling mistreatment at the hands of his alcoholic mother. It is a tale of spousal secrets and parental lies. It is a tale of love, friendship, and, above all else, betrayal. Pops is seen through the eyes of an innocent boy growing steadily into manhood in 1950s Chicago. Johnny Ryba tells his story and transports the reader into his small, blue-collar existence - his mothers alcoholism, his much-loved fathers sudden death in an auto accident, his beloved little sisters autism. Later, as the reader accompanies Johnny into his teen years, they experience as well the painful heartbreak of his first love and loss.The storyline rabidly evolves and ultimately centers on a mystery that Johnny attempts to solve as a mature adult, resulting in a shocking revelation that reverses almost everything he once believed about his mother and father, as well as his own harrowing past. He inadvertently discovers his parents role as accomplices in a lifelong conspiracy of silence, and also becomes aware of a misplaced affection for his deceased father. Johnny must finally come to terms with the most important aspect of his life: the truth about his parents, and about himself, too.Reviews“WAITING FOR POPS, author John Riffice’s initial foray into the world of fiction, ends up a smashing success! A story of spousal abuse as well as love, friendship, and coming of age make this tome a ‘must read’ for anyone and everyone who just can’t get enough of rock-solid fiction. A literary ‘Wow!’ for readers of all ages!” – Ann Kempner Fisher, Literary Editor“John Riffice is a born storyteller, gifted with a mastery of emotional comic nuance and a swaggering sense of character. His WAITING FOR POPS electrifies the page in the most remarkable of ways. This thing shimmers with insight and pulses with plot that never stops barreling forth-a grand achievement from a fine new literary force with whom to reckon. And to applaud most vigorously.” – Bill Zehme, Literary Editor and author of New York Times bestseller THE WAY YOU WEAR YOUR HAT: Frank Sinatra and the LOST ART OF LIVIN’ and LOST IN THE FUNHOUSE: The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman