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Book review: 'A Hell of a Relationship: A Tale of Love and Penance' by J.M. Harrison

“A Hell of a Relationship: A Tale of Love and Penance” by Oklahoma author J.M. Harrison gives us a look at Oklahoma City as it was in the late 1950s and early '60s.
BY BETTY LYTLE Published: December 30, 2012
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The book is written from many points of view, all hoping Harry will come around and accept Mike as his son-in-law.

Harrison starts several chapters with a litany of popular songs and events from Oklahoma City and around the world between 1958 and 1961, making for interesting reading.

Oklahoma nostalgia is included. The author says that in the '50s, “If you asked an Oklahoman to name the Holy Trinity, they would be apt to reply Bud Wilkinson, Tommy McDonald and Clendon Thomas,” a reference to figures of the University of Oklahoma Sooners' longest winning streak in college football history.

The author states the book is a novel but that parts are true. I hope the portrayal of Mike Fisher is true, as I see him as a hero. His patience and understanding keep a bad situation from turning ugly.

— Betty Lytle


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