WOW – another book trip! We left Kitty Hawk Monday morning making stops in Alexandria, DC, Leesburg, and Richmond before finishing this morning in Hertford, NC with about 60 members of the Albemarle Plantation Women’s Association. Back to the OBX by 3pm today Wednesday.
I love to meet with book clubs and community groups – whether in person or via Skype. And, the participants agree. The discussions are lively, compelling and thought-provoking. Although One More Moon will not be released until February, 2018, here is a review of my first book, A Smile in One Eye: A Tear in the Other by one book club member.
“What a great book and story line throughout! I loved the way the difficult and challenging life stories unfolded throughout the book. This family faced multiple hardships, losses, and the tumult of world conflicts in a manner that grabs your heart no matter what generation is depicted. I found myself longing to know them better, but by the time I finished, I felt I did know them all. Having Mr. Webster and his wife at our Book Club turned a great book into a fascinating one, as he…
A heartfelt thank you to the Breakfast Book Club in Port Orange, Florida. I was thrilled that you selected A Smile in One Eye as this month’s book and enjoyed being part of your discussion via Skype yesterday!
Have to admit it was a very strange feeling seeing my book so prominently displayed in a bookstore today! Lots of visitors on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Great response to the book signing! Thank you to the Island Bookstore!
“These were difficult times. The old order was quickly changing. The Nazis were constantly issuing new orders to diminish the role of German Jews in daily German life. It was a slow, grinding process. Each day, there was something new we were forced to swallow. Like many, Father still hoped and believed that our normal life would return. Governments had failed in the past in Germany. This government could fail too. Even though we did not understand, we were still patriotic. I know I repeat myself. Jewish ancestry may have been in his blood, but more than anything else, Father was a proud German.”
Excerpt from A Smile in One Eye: a Tear in the Other
“I can’t recite the chronology or elaborate on the facts. I can’t explain the reasons or defend how we lived our lives. What I can tell you is how the events of 1933 sowed the seeds that fundamentally changed our future, that there was little hand-wringing or emotion, that circumstances were beyond control, that there was no recourse or appeal. I can tell you that events were incremental, that the unbelievable became the believable and, ultimately, the normal.”
“Life does find a way to create a balance somewhere between smiles and tears. And, like a pendulum’s swing, life seldom stays in one place. Life keeps on moving until, one day, it stops.”— Ralph Webster