Ethan Mingus Kirby was born to a mother whose life became filled with heroine, poverty, and prostitution. They lived in the ghetto neighborhood at Main and Hastings, nicknamed Pain and Wastings. At the tender age of six, Ethan witnessed his mother's brutal murder.
This short novel picks up after Ethan has spent years in numerous foster homes and developed a bitter attitude toward life in general. He has a run-in with the law and is given the choice of a five shift ride-along with the local paramedics or a stint in juvie. Ethan chooses the paramedic adventure never dreaming that he will be reliving that horrible time in his past when his mother died.
One of the high interest, lower reading level series by Orca Publishing, Pain & Wastings is one young man's emotional journey into the past to deal with his demons. It is hoped that by dealing with the issues of the past he can build a more successful future.