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The Iron Words

by Michael Fridgen

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Michael Fridgen’s second novel, The Iron Words, is a powerful story about the unlikely bond formed between Riley, a young, lost, hockey star and Jens, a reserved, gay, Holocaust survivor. Thrown together by a determined sociology professor, the pair surprises everyone, including themselves, with how well they get along and how much they learn from each other. Both men are hiding painful secrets and soon realize that they need the other’s help to confront their pasts.

This hard to put down novel is full of touching stories, difficult truths, and complicated friendships. It is about living and dealing with guilt and learning how to be your true self. ( )
  TwoHarbors | Aug 11, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0615992692, Paperback)

History becomes personal for one college freshman in Michael Fridgen’s extraordinary new novel, The Iron Words.

Riley Hunter appears to live the dream, with plenty of friends, money, and a coveted position on his university’s hockey team.

But inwardly, Riley still struggles to come to terms with his guilt over a dark past that left his former best friend and teammate paralyzed.

When he learns he’s about to fail sociology, Riley agrees to his teacher’s special assignment in a desperate attempt to save his grade: assist a ninety-year-old Holocaust survivor at his home and see what he can learn.

As the true story about his elderly new charge unfolds, Riley learns that the man spent time in a World War II concentration camp because of his sexuality, not his religion.

Soon Riley evolves from a naïve young freshman into a compassionate young man who finally learns to take control of his own life through the inspiration of a man who lost control of his.

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