Publisher: The New York Literary Society
Publication Date: June 1, 2012
The Bastard depicts the deceit, treachery, and vice that festered beneath the surface of a seemingly peaceful middle-American town, then ripened and culminated in an explosive, passionate, and murderous sequence of events.
At the heart of this saga are Tommy Gardings and his best friend, Sammy, two ten-year-old boys living in 1920 Harriston, Indiana. The two boys struggle with different forms of abuse in their lives— Tommy with sexual abuse at the hands of his teacher and Sammy with physical abuse from his mother. But, when Sammy seizes an opportunity created by the disappearance of Billy Chanston, a popular, well-loved nine-year-old from a neighboring town, to change the awful situation life has created for the two boys, his actions prove catastrophic.
The literary technique "echoing" is employed in this work. Also referred to as “shadowing”, this technique, created by David, is defined as the mimicking of dialogue by characters after a shifted context or place in time.
The Bastard is an experimental work inspired by The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain.
"Your spirit lives on in your work. YOU decide what manner of work that will be." from "The Bastard"