Jackie

Jackie


Fiction - General
264 Pages
Reviewed on 04/24/2014
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Author Biography

Biographical information
Samuel Carl Newsome, MD
Dr. Newsome was raised in King, North Carolina on a farm that has been in his family for generations. He attended King School and graduated from South Stokes High School in 1967. Sam graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1971 with a Bachelor’s degree in American History and then attended Bowman Gray School of Medicine (now Wake Forest University Medical School) and received an MD degree in 1975. He then completed a residency in Family Medicine.
In 1978 Dr. Newsome began his practice of Family Medicine in King, North Carolina in an office he built on his family’s land. He has been on staff at Stokes County’s hospital ever since. He has been continually certified in Family Practice since 1978 and in Geriatric Medicine since 1992. During his years of medical practice, he has also helped staff the county health department, ran the county jail’s and the local state prison’s health programs. He has worked with the local skilled nursing facilities since 1980. He has served as a county medical examiner since 1978.
He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Betty Jo, since 1971. They have two children. Carlton lives in Raleigh and shares his father’s interest in writing. Justin is an Engineer at B/E Aerospace and lives in Rural Hall, NC.
Sam has learned that everyone has a story that they are usually willing to share. Many also have unappreciated potential. If that untapped potential can be fostered and developed, marvelous results occur. That is the inspiration for Sam’s first published story, Jackie.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michael McManus for Readers' Favorite

When we meet Jackie for the first time, we encounter a third-grader who is abused by his father and tormented by his classmates. Diagnosed with Autism, Jackie does not fit into the world correctly and is ultimately pulled out of school to be educated at home. When we are introduced to Jimmie, a child who comes as close as anyone to being a friend to Jackie, we learn that peer pressure forces him to embarrass Jackie with a childish prank, one that Jimmie regrets doing for the rest of his life. Thirteen years pass and Jimmie has become an unmotivated, under-achiever living with his parents and unemployed. Although he did earn a degree in English, his prospects of using that degree to earn a living are limited. After months of a failed job search, his mother pulls some strings and gets him an interview at the county’s Department of Social Services. Jimmie is hired to do interviews with welfare recipients to determine if they are, in fact, eligible and are receiving the services for which the county is paying. One of his interviews leads him to the home of one Jackson (Jackie) Rogers, where he finds a handsome young man who has never developed socially from the odd child he once knew. Through a strange, but understandable, turn of events, Jimmie loses his interviewing job but becomes Jackie’s full-time custodian. That is when Jimmie learns of Jackie’s remarkable gift. Through the next two years, Jimmie works to exploit Jackie’s talent. The results of his efforts are inspiring.

The author of Jackie, Dr. Sam Newsome, does a marvelous job of describing the title character’s disability and his gift. I highly recommend this book. The story line keeps you turning the pages and the characters make you cheer at times and cry at others. It is a wonderful read.