Steve Glines

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Poplar Hill - a novel
Poplar Hill is a real place. Kitty Stevenson was a real person. Barb and Vince are real as are Joe, Cozzi, Sam, Betty, and Herman the Vermin. I borrowed their souls for this novel. Mandy Betts is an amalgam of real and imagined Pentecostal preachers I’ve met over the years. Little Sophie and her family are just made up stories of ordinary Jewish folk caught up in the Holocaust. Growing up in New York City in the 1950’s I got to know many Holocaust survivors. I hope I have done their collective stories justice. That said, this is fiction. All the dialog is fiction. Most of the stories that make up this novel are based very loosely on stories I heard growing up. Where memories recalled one thing but history recorded another, I chose to use the more dramatic of the two stories.

In the middle of an epic ice storm Kitty Stevenson, an eccentric old woman, self-exiled to rural Canada from New York society, realizes that she is having a heart attack. She had survived Nazi Germany – she can survive this too. Her neighbors mount a heroic effort to save her. She lives to tell her tale of self-reliance, incredible wealth, poverty, and escape on the eve of a World War. Kitty is ultimately confronted by what she perceives as a personal moral failure. In the end, she has only one story left to tell: a tale of murder. But, “It was war, damn it, it was war.”

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The goal is to get a final edit of my novel. I want it off my back so I can get on with the other 4 I've started.
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Poplar Hill - a novel
Poplar Hill is a real place. Kitty Stevenson was a real person. Barb and Vince are real as are Joe, Cozzi, Sam, Betty, and Herman the Vermin. I borrowed their souls for this novel. Mandy Betts is an amalgam of real and imagined Pentecostal preachers I’ve met over the years. Little Sophie and her family are just made up stories of ordinary Jewish folk caught up in the Holocaust. Growing up in New York City in the 1950’s I got to know many Holocaust survivors. I hope I have done their collective stories justice. That said, this is fiction. All the dialog is fiction. Most of the stories that make up this novel are based very loosely on stories I heard growing up. Where memories recalled one thing but history recorded another, I chose to use the more dramatic of the two stories.

In the middle of an epic ice storm Kitty Stevenson, an eccentric old woman, self-exiled to rural Canada from New York society, realizes that she is having a heart attack. She had survived Nazi Germany – she can survive this too. Her neighbors mount a heroic effort to save her. She lives to tell her tale of self-reliance, incredible wealth, poverty, and escape on the eve of a World War. Kitty is ultimately confronted by what she perceives as a personal moral failure. In the end, she has only one story left to tell: a tale of murder. But, “It was war, damn it, it was war.”

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