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Roger Kaplan was a once a free spirit, a privileged Flower Child of the long-ago 1960s. Now, he’s trying to navigate life as a resident of the Poplar Ridge Geriatric Care Facility.
The fading dreams of his youth are forever at war with the reality of his infirmities. Frustrated, yet resigned, Roger is just beginning to settle into his final groove, when a mystery woman shows up, reigniting fires he thought were long-extinguished.
Irreverent and touching, “Maybe We Danced” is a short story that explores what happens when the Summer of Love runs headlong into the Autumn of Life.
It's 1968. A wavering, wobbling, unsettled era. But for seven-year-old Justine Marie (nicknamed Teenie) it’s just another evening meal with her extra-large working-class family: Daddy. Mama. One sister. Brothers large and small—eight brothers in all.
In Teenie’s world, men work at the lumber mill, women put dinner on the table, and the most immediate concern is getting to the perfect piece of bread—the heel—before her younger brothers do.
The Beatles are on the radio and the Vietnam war streams into the living room every night, but observed through the lens of childhood, the murky turmoil of the time is made peculiarly clear. (Short story.)
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I'LL MEET YOU THERE
Life has been throwing curveballs at Mary Alice Kinney: her husband Gary has run off with his young secretary, her teenage son Nate is keeping a very big secret, and her sister Cat has gotten deadly serious about being a sunbeam for Jesus.
Sinking in an ocean of late-night infomercial purchases and big-box retail therapy, Mary Alice is brought up short the night Nate has a serious accident. The whole family must face a sobering reality related to Mary Alice’s past, and the birth mother she never knew.
Moving between the current-era troubles of Mary Alice and the world-unto-itself of “Dotty”— a home for unwed mothers in 1962--I’ll Meet You There is a funny and unflinching look at the ways our lives are inextricably connected: how family is not only who we’re stuck with—it’s also who we choose.