Paper Dolls and Hollow Men is the story of World War II as seen through the eyes of four families: three families from the Muskingum River Valley and one from southwestern Kentucky.
The story is told partly as narrative and partly through letters from family members serving in Europe. The large cache of letters my father sent to his older brother and family form the nucleus of the novel. The story begins during the early days of the Depression and continues until 1946, when the survivors return home.
I love books, I love to read, I love to write. I’ve been a writer all my life but haven’t had the time or treasure to put out a book until I retired. Once retired, I began a series of books based in southeastern Ohio, partly autobiographical, partly fiction.
I am a retired Engineer (BS from RIT) with BA and MA in English from SUNY Cortland. In addition to a debut novel also published by Dog Ear, I now have two novels in the southeastern Ohio series. I’ve got a couple of books in the works, some in the series, and some stand-alone.
Windsor, Ohio was founded in 1819, and Chesterfield, Ohio, was founded in 1834. In sharp contrast to the Quaker stronghold in Chesterfield, Windsor was a quintessential river town, “wet” in more ways than one. The river men of old Windsor created a booming hamlet with a raucous aspect—fueled, for most of the period, with alcohol in various forms—and unfazed by enmity, politically or otherwise. Windsor was content to be a vibrant river town, and there was never much question about where the town fathers would come down on the issue of alcohol. Windsor stayed “wet” nearly continuously until Prohibition. The hamlet of Chesterfield was “dry.” Three Quaker men—Dempsey Boswell, Elijah Hiatt and Exum Bundy—all with roots in Chester, England, by way of Belmont County Ohio—bought acreage from the Ohio Company and settled in Marion Township and were intent on establishing a peaceful village where they could prosper in business while doing the work of the Lord.