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Rio Nido Memories that Linger

Rio Nido Memories that Linger

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Primal yearnings tempt fourteen-year-old Sean McGinnis. Centerfold Marilyn Monroe and rock-‘n’-roll drive him to unthinkable actions, but the nuns at Our Lady of Angels Grammar School are not amused. Although a reprieve is granted, Sean continues to challenge the boundaries of his recent Confirmation Ceremony. With two of his buddies by his side, Sean embraces his newly ordained adult status while vacationing along the banks of the lower Russian River in northern California. Apple Ripple, marijuana, and carnal cravings provide newfound horizons as the trio explores the playland of Rio Nido. Then one day a gut-wrenching crisis makes an uninvited visit to the McGinnis clan, and Sean paddles downriver to escape the heartache. His buddies catch up, but a nine-foot water creature, a four-story pagan owl, government Black Coats, and a mysterious island waylay them. With renewed resolve, Sean scraps his way back to Rio Nido only to discover that his family’s plight has deepened. Homeless and with few financial resources, Sean navigates his mother and younger siblings through the tumultuous summer of 1953.