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Book Title: Cinnamon Girl|
The author of the book: Lawrence Kessenich
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Edition: North Star Press of St. Cloud
Date of issue: September 3rd 2016
ISBN 13: 9781682010273
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.65 MB
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It's 1969, the summer of Woodstock. After nearly getting his head bashed in a demonstration on Milwaukee's East Side, John Meyer crashes down a hillside with fellow student Tony Russo. It looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Then John meets Tony's wife, Claire, and their young son, Jonah, and things get complicated, especially when they and another student rent a house together. Meanwhile, John is at odds with his parents and with a society that supports the war in Vietnam. Then come a national student strike and the shooting deaths of four students at Kent State. Over Claire's protests, John becomes involved in the strike in Milwaukee. Tony's brother being wounded n Vietman brings the war right into their crowded, complicated living room. Can John, Claire, Tony, and baby Jonah forge a new kind of family for a new age, or will the weight of the world pull them down?
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Read information about the authorLawrence Kessenich is a fiction writer, poet, playwright, essayist, reviewer, editor, and teacher. He has published a number of short stories and won the 2010 Strokestown International Poetry Prize. He has published three books of poetry: Strange News, Before Whose Glory, and Age of Wonders. He has also published essays, one of which was featured on NPR’s “This I Believe” and appears in the anthology This I Believe: On Love. His short plays have been produced in New York, Boston, and in Colorado, where he won the People’s Choice Award in a national drama competition. Kessenich is the co-managing editor of Ibbbetson Street literary magazine. He has published a few short stories, and his first novel, Cinnamon Girl, was published by North Star Press in September 2016.
Kessenich was born and raised in Wisconsin in a loving family of nine children. He attended St. Monica's grade school in Whitefish Bay, Messmer High School in the city of Milwaukee, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He was also briefly in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. After attending the Radcliffe Publishing Course, he spent 10 years in the trade editorial department at Houghton Mifflin in Boston, where he edited Shoeless Joe, the basis for the movie Field of Dreams (in which he and his wife Janet appear onscreen as extras), and many other fiction and nonfiction books.
Since leaving book publishing, Kessenich has made his living first as a technical writer and then as a marketing writer. He has also taught classes on writing and book publishing. He lives in the Boston area and is happy to consider readings, speaking engagements, workshops, and writing and editing work.
- Strokestown International Poetry Prize
People's Choice Award at national Durango
- 10-Minute Play Celebration
- Essay read on NPR's This I Believe and included in This I Believe:On Love anthology
- 3 poems read on NPR's Writer's Almanac
- 3 poems nominated for the Pushcart Prize
- 1st Prize in national Spirit First Poetry Contest
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