About the Book
As the popular jocks in the one-stoplight town of Bristol, New Hampshire, Ben Chase and Jimmy Keller are best friends whose unique creativity and bold personalities make for some hilarious—and heart-wrenching—stories. Laughter doesn’t make up for pain infl icted by their dysfunctional families, but it certainly creates some unforgettable memories.
Growing up, Ben has viewed his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as nothing more than a nuisance. Then all hell breaks loose the day that he becomes a father and realizes there is a lot in the world that he can’t control.
Meanwhile, Jimmy is battling his own demons. Since his return from his third tour of duty in Iraq, he has suffered from a severe case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Declaring he’s had enough, Jimmy makes the conscious choice to end his life.
While out enjoying what is supposed to be his last meal, Jimmy overhears a conversation about a former baseball standout that has just months to live, and discovers it’s his old friend. Jimmy puts his suicide mission on hold to reconnect with Ben.
In their weakest moments, it’s now shared pain which helps rekindle their unbreakable bond. Grown Men Don’t Cry is the story of sacrifice, friendship, mortality and the will to persevere.