Book Review: Appalachian Justice by Melinda Clayton

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If ever there was a way to combine stories like Speak, Steel Magnolias and Jeremiah Johnson, Appalachian Justiceby Melinda Clayton does so with empathic narration and a compelling plot development. Billy May Platte, a West Virginian woman who grew up in the 1940s, was viciously assaulted by youths who returned from the Second World War. Thirty years into her self-exile, up in the mountains where she feels safe, trouble stirs in the form of a haunted and abused adolescent named Jessie. This book is hard to recommend to people. It is not shy in the cold fact that a sixteen-year-old girl was gang-raped, only because she was discovered kissing the ringleader’s sister. Several attacks on Billy May occur: from the men who violated her, from the community members who could have investigated where a notable child of the town disappeared to, and from Corinne, who ultimately betrayed her, feigning innocence for fear of her brother’s wrath. Billy May … [Continue reading]

Author Interview: Melinda Clayton

What was the inspiration behind this book? Appalachian Justice had been lurking in my head for some time. Although I've spent the last few years writing, prior to that I spent about eighteen years working in the field of mental health (I'm also a psychotherapist). Many of my clients were survivors of abuse, and I've always been deeply moved by their strength and resilience. In many ways, Appalachian Justice was a testament to them. I also have roots in West Virginia. My mother's family is from a tiny town outside of Charleston (the town's name is actually Big Ugly), and we spent summers visiting with them when I was a child. I loved the area, the mountains, the atmosphere, the history. My maternal grandfather worked in the mines, and my mother used to tell stories of feeling terrified, waiting for him by the side of the road when it was rumored … [Continue reading]

Cover Reveal: Appalachian Justice by Melinda Clayton

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Congratulations to our winning author and chosen book for this December: Appalachian Justice by Melinda Clayton. Here is a brief … [Continue reading]

Cast Your Vote – December Book Poll: Which Book Would You Like To Read?

Hi everyone   For new visitors of this site who wish to join our group based in Cambridge, MA, go to www.meetup.com and look up “Cambridge Book Club – Meet the Authors." From there you get all the perks as a … [Continue reading]

Book Review: Driving in Budapest by Gary Brill

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Driving in Budapest by Gary Brill undergoes the difficult task of assembling the various moods and colors of a city, especially known so … [Continue reading]

Cover Reveal: Driving In Budapest by Gary Brill

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Driving In Budapest is a collection of stories about ordinary people trying to find their way. Big cities, like life itself, can create … [Continue reading]

Interview with Author Gary Brill

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Our chosen book for November is Driving in Budapest by Gary Brill. Here we got the chance to ask him about inspiration, the writing process, and ideas for upcoming stories... What was the inspiration behind this … [Continue reading]

Cast You Vote – November Book Poll: Which Book Would You Like To Read?

Hi everyone :) For new visitors of this site who wish to join our group based in Cambridge, MA, go to www.meetup.com and look up "Cambridge Book Club - Meet the Authors. From there you get all the perks as a … [Continue reading]

Book Review: A Charming Crime

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There’s something about the Halloween season that invites all kinds of near-comical intrigue and whimsy. I was skeptical at first, reading … [Continue reading]

Interview with Author Tonya Kappes

What was the inspiration behind this book?
There were so many dark vampire books or other darker paranormal books out there. I'm not a reader of those books. I like light, fun, humorous mystery books. It made me realize there … [Continue reading]