I once read a quote that said, “People will come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.” When I first met Jack Sacco it was for a simple reason. That reason quickly grew to a season and now I can say that Jack and his entire family (who have accepted me as one of their own) are with me for a lifetime.
Jack has written his second book, “Above the Treetops” a true story of the endearing relationship between William Faulkner and a young neighbor named Bobby Little. I have copied the press release below for more information and would suggest that you pick up a copy of this wonderfully written book.
Award-Winning Author Jack Sacco Reveals a William Faulkner the World Has Never Known
GULFPORT, MS (February 22, 2013) – In Above the Treetops, award-winning author Jack Sacco provides readers with a rare glimpse into the personal life of internationally acclaimed novelist William Faulkner. The book tells the true story of the endearing relationship between Faulkner and a young neighbor named Bobby Little.
“As an author and historian who had not only read the works of William Faulkner, but had studied every book, biography, article, interview, and leaflet ever written on the subject of the man’s life, I naturally assumed I knew everything there was to know about the Nobel Laureate,” Sacco said. “Then I met Bobby Little.”
In the young Bobby, Faulkner found not only a kindred spirit longing for adventure, but the son he never had. He taught Bobby how to ride a horse, how to sail a boat, and how to fly a plane…all before the boy was fifteen years old.
Set in Oxford, Mississippi, Above the Treetops reveals never-before-told stories of the Nobel Laureate’s wit, charm, frailties, and humanity. As such, it is sure to appeal not only to fans of William Faulkner the novelist, but to those who, until now, have never known the reality and magic of William Faulkner the man.
Above the Treetops was released on Friday, November 30, 2012.
“The bestselling author of Where the Birds Never Sing has unearthed a treasure of fresh new insight on Faulkner. The real-life characters that people the book are themselves as worthy and as entertaining as any fictional figure who ever found his or her way into one of Mr. Faulkner’s novels. From start to finish, Above the Treetops soars.”
-Michael Harrelson, HottyToddy.com
“Meticulously researched and brilliantly written, Jack Sacco’s Above the Treetops is a rare glimpse into the private life of one of America’s greatest novelists. Sacco effortlessly transports the reader to a bygone era and, in the process, masterfully reveals a William Faulkner the world has never known.”
–Bob Sawyer • Chairman
Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Jack Sacco is the award-winning and bestselling author of Where the Birds Never Sing and Above the Treetops. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and educated at the University of Notre Dame, Sacco is the winner of the Alabama Library Association’s 2005 Author Award for Where the Birds Never Sing.
Where the Birds Never Sing, published by HarperCollins, launched Jack Sacco’s successful writing career in impressive fashion. The book is a nonfiction account of his father Joe Sacco’s experiences during the Second World War. The book has been praised by critics and readers alike, who become emotionally involved with the characters, enjoy the spirited dialogue, and appreciate the fact that this uplifting and superbly-written coming-of-age tale reads more like a novel than a history book.