Trade Paperback, 267 pages
Once again, Tichelaar has spun a great story—a heartwarming, coming-of-age account of Robert O’Neill, the fictional famous novelist first introduced in the Marquette trilogy. Set from 1917 to 1934, amidst the events of WWI and the Great Depression, this book is written as the autobiography of Robert O’Neill, focusing on those early years of his youth when he moved from South Carolina to Marquette to live with his grandmother and aunt after the death of his mother, while his father fought in the war.
I must confess that when I read the Marquette trilogy, which has historical people interspersed throughout its story, I believed Robert O’Neill to be a real person, and I actually Googled his name, trying to find the books he had written. Darn! He’s only a wonderful figment of the imagination that came alive in print. That’s the beauty of Tichelaar’s books; his characters are so realistic you’d think you’d get to meet them one day.
In addition, this book is a reflection of the author's own love of his birthplace. His quest to bring it alive through his novels has been, in my opinion, highly successful.
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