The Haney’s are simple country folk–farmers, lumberjacks, veterans of Korea and Vietnam. But “simple” is a term used for lifestyle, not human complexity. The setting is the early 70’s in Vermont.
These folks are people you will learn to love, dislike, and remember.
Nancy Bowles has lost her beloved brother in the Vietnam war and is inconsolable. Nineteen and living with her bereaved parents, she feels she needs a change of circumstance or go mad. The recent breakup with a boyfriend adds to her depression. When an airman, who she and a girlfriend befriended, asks her to marry him, she thinks it is a message from God. John Haney is thirty-three and has a son, fifteen. He is honest with Nancy in telling her he needs to marry to get custody of his son from his parents.
Little John is a typical teenage boy with a big heart and raging hormones. He has a steady girlfriend, and some girls in-between. He also has a cousin, Michael, who gets in trouble trying to follow his hero, Little John.
The John Haneys were poor before the lumber yard where John works shuts down. After, they are destitute. Selling the few animals they have helps for a short time. When Little John gets an after school and weekend job as mechanic at the local gas station, they are able to keep food on the table.
They didn’t plan it, but Nancy and Little John fall in love. She is already pregnant when they first admit this fact and more than a couple of months along before they make love.
The ensuing story is rich with humor, friendship and love. The characters are uniquely defined and memorable. My Son John is a story of family ties and renewal.