Akron native pens story of love, loyalty and friendship

The coming-of-age story of four boys in the High Country of western North Carolina after World War II, “The Falls of the Wyona” is a poignant, lyrical novella by Akron native David Brendan Hopes.

Arden Summers is the narrator but not the main character. In the beginning there are three boys. Arden, his best friend Vince Silvano and new kid Tilden: “We were one person, sometimes.” But then there were four, as another newcomer, Glen, arrived. Instead of the usual mild hazing that new boys had to endure, Glen was immediately accepted when Vince drew him into the group.

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