Beyond the River
by Michael Fillerup
Paperback / 256 pages / 1-56085-068-X / $14.95
Jon is failing math and might not be use the college football scholarship he has been promised. In desperation, he turns to the brainiest and most socially inept student in school, Nancy, who only agrees to tutor him only because she imagines how fun it will be to see a football jock squirm under her tutelage.
What she hasn’t foreseen is that Jon will take her seriously—even the philosophical barbs she lobs at his naive assumptions about life. Could this “pass-catching, body-building connoisseur of jock straps,” this Mormon boy on his way to a Utah college, actually have something under his noggin, she wonders? This well conceived and finely written novel traverses twists and turns and mind games that are all finely executed by author Michael Fillerup.
Michael Fillerup is the author of Visions and Other Stories and is a contributor to Bright Angels and Familiars: Contemporary Mormon Stories and Christmas for the World. He is the bilingual supervisor of the Flagstaff, Arizona, public schools. His stories have appeared in the New Times and elsewhere.