New fictional novel features Greenville sites

GREENVILLE — An Indiana native has written a captivating coming of age story centered in Greenville, Ohio.

Author Christopher “Jeff” Neff wrote Chuck’n the Deuce, a novel about a young man named Charles who left Greenville four years ago as a hometown hero to play baseball at Ball State. After a successful senior year, he returns home with no draft offers and depression.

As Charles works to put his life back together, he stumbles across a boy named Mick Whitlock who asks him to be his trainer. The town loser (Whitlock) and the enervate (Adams) stumble at times helplessly into one great summer of baseball and Rock ‘n’ Roll. All the while trying to figure out life, love, and the American dream. This coming of age tale is a work of realistic fiction that takes place in the late 1990s.

“Fans of the late 90s teen angst genre or of written works like The Field of Dreams or Last Days of Summer should love this book,” Neff said.

Neff was inspired to write this novel after a hard year in lockdown. He decided to not let the state of the world get to him, and he rose to the occasion.

“After the lockdown, for me it was an emotionally dark place to be in, and it is one of those things where you find who you are in those moments,” Neff said.

He decided to show the world what he was made of and not let those times break him. Instead Neff said “let me do something that I haven’t done before and is going to be a challenge.” Through this mindset, Neff created Chuck’n the Deuce, a story based in the town of Greenville.

Neff used his personal experiences to…

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