“The emotional tug makes it an ideal book club read,” says The Southeast Examiner, and the words ring true as I continue visiting with book clubs. (Drop me a line if you’d like to schedule a Skype or personal author visit.) As the article points out, the success of The God of Sno Cone Blue “has been largely through word of mouth.” And what better way?
I talked with reporter Midge Pierce in the weeks after she read my novel with her own book club. She enjoyed it so much, she wanted to write a piece not just about the book but also its setting and foundation in the SE Portland neighborhood where I grew up.
She writes, “Many of the memorable characters in her book are drawn from Turnquist’s interactions on a street in Lents that is little changed in 50 years.”
While none of my characters is a precise replica of anyone, their seemingly eccentric traits were not unusual in 1960s and early 70s outer Southeast Portland. We were gritty and quirky, hard-working and poor, sometimes bright and sometimes backward and often hard-living, but also honest and real, salt of the earth.
In her research for the newspaper piece, Pierce came with me to the Lents neighborhood and the home where my parents still live. She saw the property next to them, that has been chopped up for denser housing, but also Lents Park and Pardee Street which are mostly unchanged after the neighborhood fought off a big new baseball stadium. The old field remains, and from my parents’ house on summer nights, you can still hear the games. Oh, how I love that.
If you’d like to read Pierce’s full article–she also covers some thoughts on writing and the writing process–access it here. If you’re interested in retail options for The God of Sno Cone Blue (it’s in paperback and various eBooks) check out my Buy Books page. And again, to schedule a book club visit (or Skype from a distance) just leave me a note on my Contact Page!
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