September 15, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
My newest novel, The Class of 1964, has just been published. (eBook and Paperback)
Marty, a budding writer, and a group of his friends—locals and immigrants, the less fortunate and the well off—graduate in 1964 from a small town high school in northern Virginia, all promising each other to attend their 50th reunion. Observing his friends at the prom, Marty recollects the rebellious and defiant school years that for many of them had been demanding beyond their youth.
As decades pass their paths diverge and they emerge from the influence of their parents, many of whom experienced the barbarity of World War II.
Eventually, the anticipated reunion approaches and they must face the changes time brought to their lives. What became of them and how did they get there? Did they catch the Nazi war criminal hiding in Latin America as they all committed to before the graduation? Will the activist, the global executive and the poker player settle their differences? How did the lawyer, the doctor, the Navy commander, the scientist and Marty deal with the traumas of the past? Were the homeless alcoholic, the handyman and the gay CIA agent with his math-teacher partner able to start new lives? Will the suicidal Vietnam Vet attend?
Their life stories full of diverse and overlapping plots, crises and triumphs, conflicts, loves and friendships prove the wisdom of Marty’s high school commencement speech. He predicted that not all of them will become whatever they want because not everybody is dealt the same cards or the same card-playing skills. When they meet at the 50th reunion, he traces their lives since the graduation. The leader of the group and the link keeping them together over the years, Marty is the real author of The Class of 1964, telling the story about himself and his friends.
I invite you to follow the story of this group—sandwiched between their Greatest Generation parents and their Generation X children. You will recognize many chapters from your own lives, and will re-live your past and re-examine the influences that prompted you to make the choices you have made. Many of you will be encouraged to share untold life stories with your own families, who will want to read my book to learn more about their parents’ time.
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December 6, 2019
This book is very well-written. The plot is exciting and engaging and I enjoyed following the lives of the class of 1964. The author captured the essence of that era. There is a lot of adventure among each character. It is a real page-turner! I finished the book in 2 days. Highly recommended!