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As Good As Can Be by William A. Glass | Book Tour and $25 Amazon GC #Giveaway | #ComingOfAge #HistoricalFiction

                            As Good As Can Be by William A. Glass  is on a virtual book tour. The coming of age, historical fiction stops at...


As Good As Can Be by William A. Glass is on a virtual book tour.

The coming of age, historical fiction stops at Readeropolis with an author guest post.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $25 Amazon GC and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

Literary characters who would be best friends

with the main character in As Good As Can Be.


Recently, I was asked what literary character I would most like to dine with.  My answer was Mrs. Waters.  Then I was asked which literary characters might befriend the protagonist of AS GOOD AS CAN BE, Dave Knight.  Of course, I thought of is Tom Jones.  Like Dave, Tom is an unrepentant but lovable scamp.  They would thoroughly enjoy going out on the town together, hoisting a few brews, and maybe meeting some ladies.


Another literary figure who might chill with my main character is Yossarian.  Like Dave, he’s a study in alienation.  Who knows if maybe, before the war, Yossarian was socialized?  But by the time we meet him, Yossarian is a gone cat.  His orderly mind has been blown by what passes for military logic. Dave Knight’s alienation has a simpler explanation.  He has Asperger’s.  This is not spelled out in the book, but an astute reader will figure it out in the first ten pages. It’s the reason why he, like Yossarian, is of this world but not part of it.


Young Dave grew up with kids like Ben Meecham.  Both are military brats, but they would never have met since Dave’s father was army while “The Great Santini” was a Marine.  Still, if they had known each other, they might have played touch football after school or gone to the post rifle range on Saturdays together.  A difference between the two characters is that Ben is a good student and an athlete while Dave is a delinquent.


A real-life character Dave would relate to is Frank McCourt.  The two are vastly different in that Frank grew up in abject poverty while Dave’s military family never lacked life’s necessities.  What makes them compatible is both their fathers were degenerate alcoholics.   Their mothers were loving but ineffective. Frank and Dave are both blessed with intelligence. They use it to escape their surroundings at the earliest possible opportunity.

As Good As Can Be
by William A. Glass
Genre: Coming of Age, Historical Fiction

Dave Knight is a wayward child growing up in a military family during the 1950s. His older sister wants to kill him but settles for regularly beating him up. Other siblings join in the mayhem while their alcoholic father contributes to the chaos with his unique approach to parenting. As the Knight family moves from one army base to the next, Dave develops a give-a-damn attitude, which often leads to trouble.

In high school, he joins other delinquents in a series of escapades, some dangerous, others funny, and a few that would be worthy of jail time should they ever be caught.

After barely graduating, Dave is drafted into the army and sent to guard a nuclear weapons depot in Korea. There, he gets into trouble with his sergeant and tries to avoid dishonorable discharge.

Bill is a retired business executive now living in South Carolina with his wife, Bettina. She teaches high school German while Bill coaches soccer at a small college. Their three sons, Alex, Robert, and Gordon, have all graduated from college and moved away to pursue careers. 

For recreation, Bettina and Bill enjoy hiking and camping out. Usually, they take their dog, Scout, along. When the weather permits, Bill commutes to work on his motorcycle.

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  1. How long did it take to write the book?

  2. I love the book cover, I'm immediately interested in reading it. I'd really like to read it, it sounds like something I'd really enjoy.


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