The house is dark, quiet, and empty as Frank Wilcox makes a promise to his daddy, Tom. One day, Frank promises, he will tell the stories—the adventures and misadventures—of life on the family hog farm in north Georgia. The farm is the home where Frank and his brothers, Jack and Wayne, learn life lessons about family and faith.
That’s the backdrop of Brookwood Road, a novel inspired by author Scott Douglas Vaughan’s childhood. Vaughan turns those memories into rich stories centered around Frank, the thoughtful and protective oldest brother of the bunch.
Frank and his brothers hatch a plan to get chocolate milk from the milk delivery man. They learn about the value of community as folk contribute to their treehouse plans. Building a dirt bike trail shows them the value of hard work, and Frank gets the “talk” from his grandfather regarding how girls are different.
In 1965, Frank Wilcox and his friends enter Acorn Primary School in Acorn, Georgia—about forty miles north of Atlanta. Over the next eight years, Frank and his close friends grow up together through the school and their nearby hometown. Fun-loving Charlie Keller, thoughtful Lester Freemont, kind Pete Yancey, and loyal Wendell Mann all play important roles in Frank’s world as he comes of age.
While written as fiction, Frank’s childhood adventures are closely based on the childhood memories of author Scott Douglas Vaughan.
Vaughan’s tales include obsessing over school spankings, exploring an old house with Cub Scout friends, confronting a school bully, struggling with the cursed honor roll, ushering at Georgia Bulldogs football games, and many other adventures from the schoolyard to the Acorn courthouse square. In vividly written stories, Frank gets his first look at the world beyond the family farm.