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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, 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 existencehis 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 rapidly 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.