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Product Description

Michael Hamersmith is a young, fresh out of college, writer. Calm, collected, and preparing to propose to his girlfriend, Karen. Michael has it all. Until Jeremy Royal ruins everything. Jeremy is a college dropout with a score to settle. His freshman year was filled with a hazing ritual called the Freshman Fifteen, that made fraternity pledge weeks look like a Carribean vacation. Jeremy’s only hope was Karen, who saved him from one humiliating prank. Now, believing Michael has somehow stolen Karen from him, Jeremy plans his own Freshman Fifteen to get Michael, and those like him, out of the way. The only thing that seems to be in Jeremy’s way is his death, but a series of letters addressed to Michael keeps the new Freshman Fifteen running in many different directions.

About the Author

David Prantner was born and raised in Bloomington, Minnesota. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, David and his wife Kati moved to Hong Kong where they both taught english for a year. After that the two moved to Kodiak, Alaska where they have just welcomed the arrival of their new daughter Alyce. Questions for David and his work can be addressed to his e-mail;

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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