I started the novel November 2015 during, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWrMo). The basis of that each person who signs up commits to writing 50,000 words during the month of November.
My second novel is a riveting story about a strongly religious family’s sole outsider. The book, which is based untrue events, begins as David, is lying on his death bed in 1988, age fifty-five. Twenty-eight years before he left the family farm in rural Illinois for Paris, France. For two decades David taught English to wealthy French businessmen.
Without warning David returns to Illinois, a much changed man with a multitude of secrets locked away. Rumors abound throughout the family about who or what David left behind in Paris.
I am very excited about this project as it gives me an opportunity to research Paris in the 1960s-1980 and as a historian this is my idea of a good time.
Let's talk about Paris. In the decades between 1960-1980 much was afoot in Paris. The city is not what you imagine today. The "Great Cleaning" had yet to take place, which means that all of Paris' marble was grey. Or black. During the 60s Charles De Gaulle's government was criticized within France for its heavy-handed style, the states had a monopoly on tv and radio broadcasts and the executive occasionally told public broadcasters what they desired on the news.
French society was traditional and repressive, especially regarding the position of women. Although many factors lead to the weariness of large sections of the populations, students were especially angry, which lead to the huge demonstrations and strikes in France in May 1968 which severely challenged De Gaulle's government.
This is the backdrop for the story, a country and capitol in dire straits, the position of women precarious, and change afoot.
I'll be sharing an excerpt from this book later this week, look out for that! I will also be hosting a poll for the title...its been a labor of love to say the least.