Although based on actual events, Dale O. Cloninger’s “The Ninth Passage” is the fictitious story of Alec Driver, a WWII veteran turned choir teacher, who begins a romantic relationship with a student and how it does not end well.
Alec Driver, a WWII veteran, uses the GI bill to earn an advanced degree in music from a prestigious university. At age thirty-seven, with glowing recommendations in hand, he secures the post of choir teacher at a small town high school on Florida’s west coast.
Soon after assuming his duties he falls in love with Tracy Ashbury a bright, talented and attractive student in his choir. Community outrage aroused by his courtship culminates in a resentful and belligerent student goading Alec into striking him.
Influential citizens rescue Alec from potential dismissal. His subsequent marriage to Tracy and national recognition for the choir’s mastery vindicates Alec’s supporters or so it seems.
Immerse yourself in the masterful and highly admirable literary prowess of Dale O. Cloninger by supporting his book “The Ninth Passage” as he presents it this Nov 23, 2020 – Nov 24, 2020 at the 2020 National Council Teachers of English, or purchase a Kindle or paperback copy of it on Amazon.
The Ninth Passage
Author | Dale O. Cloninger
Publisher | Newman Springs Publishing, Inc.
Published Date | June 7, 2019
Genre | Historical Fiction
ISBN-13 | 978-1645311577
Paperback Price | $18.95
Kindle | $9.95
About the Author
Dale O. Cloninger is a professor emeritus at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, having held several positions with the University including Dean of the School of Business. A Florida native and Texas resident, he’s authored dozens of scholarly papers and two books, with “The Ninth Passage” being his third.