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Here is an example of what I have in mind. I have recently published BE HOME BEFORE DARK – a volume of poetry that may well be of particular interest to members of the AARP. Given our age, we are perhaps more likely to be attracted by a look at a time long gone when we were still young.
Consider some of the earliest reviews:
1) Kathryn Dunn, Main Street Writers, Amherst, Massachusetts
Linda Kohler’s Be Home Before Dark is a very rare collection of poems. It is the story of a girl, a family, a community, and a small New England town in the 1940’s and ‘50’s. Through the eyes of a young girl, named Adie, the author creates an exquisite series of pieces that reveal characters both complex and true. With insightful and at times ironic observations, Adie reveals the “heat” – the emotional truth – of each situation, and invites the reader to measure its implications for the larger story. In short order, one finds oneself deep in the hold of a story that is both rich and unforgettable.
2) Jan Gianino, psychotherapist and writer, Whately, Massachusetts
Listen carefully to Adie as she shares her story of growing up in a small town. You will find no truer rendering of a place, a time, a family, and a child’s voice than here. This book is a literary treasure. The sensuous rhythms and evocative language of Kohler’s poems transport you to a young girl’s world, where adults can be vain, foolish or wise; where magic lurks in the grass, wind or an angel’s statue; and where everyday wonders and inevitable sorrows stir the heart.
3) Ann McNeal, poet and writer, Pelham, Massachusetts
Through the eyes of a wise and curious girl, these poems capture both a particular era and a timeless landscape. We meet a range of characters from the eccentric family to the oddball townspeople to the personality of the town itself. This girl’s voice is fresh and funny, always honest. She is both wonderfully naïve and knowing. Reading this book took me back to my own childhood and made me wish Linda had been my friend when I was growing up.
4) David R. Mayhew, Sterling Professor of Political Science, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
With wonderful style and insight, Be Home Before Dark captures a past time and place. It is all there--the oncoming train whistle, the pet duck, the drudgy mill, the scary hurricane, the sometimes quirky neighbors, the rhythm of the local church. Personally, I can testify that truth lurks behind all of it.
The print edition is available via my website noted below, at physical bookstores everywhere, and online (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.). Amazon also offers a Kindle edition:
For more information about the book (and me), please, visit my website at www.behomebeforedark.com There you can email me as well. Thank you so much for your time.