Jackie chronicles the life of a young man born to misfortune. As a child he is labeled as mentally challenged. He suffers an abusive home life and the torment of bullies at school. Soon he is judged uneducable and relegated to homeschooling that is no more effective than the classroom. He is left without a formal education.
Thirteen years later he is reunited with an old classmate, Jimmie, who is now a recent college graduate. Circumstances reunite the old acquaintances when Jackie’s mother becomes ill. Together they discover that Jackie has a secret ability and enormous untapped potential. That ability enables the friends to discover and expose deeply seated local government corruption and create a future for Jackie.
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Who is Joe Peas? Is he a simple immigrant Italian house painter, or is he a complicated man with much to hide, even from himself?
When the aging itinerant house painter becomes ill, his life intersects with family doctor, James King. The doctor develops a friendship with the odd little Italian whose life is a sharp contrast to his own.
Joe suffers a hip fracture and becomes Dr. King’s rehabilitation patient in a long-term care facility. He interacts with the other residents and learns of their struggles and triumphs as he witnesses their close family relationships.
The spirited little Italian enriches the lives of his fellow patients as they change Joe in ways he never expected. As Joe is forced to face his past, Dr. King is facing his own struggles dealing with his community where conformity is valued above individualism.
Could there be more—much more—to Joe Peas than meets the eye? Will the truth about the mysterious painter finally be unveiled?
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