End of the Race

END OF THE RACE: Changing the Tune

I just received a review of END OF THE RACE from Diane Donovan of Midwest Reviews. Here is an excerpt: Readers of women’s fiction who enjoy stories of challenge, transformation, and already-strong women forced to examine the foundations of their beliefs and lives will find End of the Race weaves mystery, intrigue, and self-inspection in a vivid, […]

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NOTICE: END OF THE RACE–ON SALE!

END OF THE RACE in ebook format will be free from June 1st through June 20th at Amazon or your favorite ebook site. Enjoy!  Here are some reviews From Chanticleer Reviews — An intricate mystery set in a small fictional town in northern Michigan, End of the Race is contemporary fiction at its finest. Annika Wolfson is […]

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Being American–A Short Story

In THE INHERITORS, Alicia discovers her mother’s history in the abandoned Bartley mansion, once the home of a Chicago industrialist. Such mansions, their marble entries opening into warrens of apartments, dotted the streets of the inner-city district where I worked as a welfare worker. This particular one is fiction, and, bolstered by research into Chicago’s […]

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PEACE LIKE A RIVER: Good Medicine

After weeks of writing of the conflicts engulfing America, it’s time for an antidote. Though I think END OF THE RACE is a story of redemption, Leif Enger’s PEACE LIKE A RIVER is a powerful dose of good medicine. An elixir, like breathing deeply of enduring love. Rather than trying, and failing, to convey a […]

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End of the Race

Why Choose END OF THE RACE?

If you’re a reader, your email is full of book promotions, announcements, and recommendations. So why choose END OF THE RACE? Because it will take you to a place that will evaporate the tensions in your life. Annika gazed at the land that had encompassed her life—the open arms of Traverse Bay, the vast stretch […]

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End of the Race

END OF THE RACE Released!

I’m now proud to announce that END OF THE RACE will be in print as of Monday, May 3rd. After all of the blog discussion of polarization, culture wars, and social change, it’s time to refocus on the central theme of this book. By 2007, the cleavage of right from left was a done deal. […]

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The Inheritors by Judith Kirscht

The Struggle to Belong in THE INHERITORS

To deal with conflicting cultures is to be American. If you’ve grown up and passed through adulthood without dealing with religious, national, racial, or social class conflict, you are probably unusual. I grew up– in an Ivory Tower community attended elementary school with children primarily from Appalachia in a city know as a great cultural […]

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Nowhere Else to Go by Judith Kirscht

Polarization in NOWHERE ELSE TO GO

In END OF THE RACE, the polarization caused by the Vietnam War is almost fifty years old; the racial split is, of course much older, but Ezra Klein, in WHY WE’RE POLARIZED, sees a radical shift in political attitudes caused by the Civil Rights movement in the Sixties. Living through those times in a college […]

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End of the Race

Origin of End of the Race

The culture conflict discussed in the last blog is a thread that runs throughout END OF THE RACE, a sub-plot but not the novel’s central focus. That came while idly reading a news article about a missing man and wondering “Why?” “What’s the story?” Those questions drive the story, but the content and depth arise […]

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Another View: WHY WE’RE POLARIZED, by Ezra Klein

In the last post, I talked about how fiction transforms my conflicts and struggles into story, and that is probably why I’ve found my home in contemporary fiction. However, occasionally non-fiction strikes home, too, and Ezra Klein’s, WHY WE’RE POLARIZED, examines an issue I’ve struggled with all my adult life. The culture conflict that divides […]

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