My new book, Vala’s Bed is finally available and we are doing a launch at the Carnegie Library and Music Hall in Carnegie on Thursday, April 20 from 7-9 pm. Here is a link to the location: http://carnegiecarnegie.org/.
David Harry Tannenbaum, Frank Tatone (Professor of English at Robert Morris University), and I will talk about the book and the stories behind it.
Here are some of the blurbs:
EJ Logan is only six when he arrives in a small Ohio town with his mother and brother as refugees from war-torn Nazi Germany. They bring with them keepsakes and secrets and scars from their past. But while little Mick is too young to remember being anything but an American, EJ and his mother are both haunted by fragments of memory, looming shadows, flames, and frightening dreams. As EJ grows up, he gradually learns the truth about his family and about himself, and the reader gains understanding at the same gradual, ominous pace. Perhaps not since The Diary of Anne Frank has a story told by a child cast such an unforgiving light on the Holocaust.
~ Carolyn P. Schriber, award-winning author and historian
In Vala’s Bed, Joyce Faulkner confronts one of the most shameful chapters in the history of mankind. As diverse groups of people move on from the tragedy, the lines between perpetrator, accomplice, bystander, and victim become blurred, and it appears that no one is left unscathed. Vala’s Bed is a powerful tale of man’s ability to endure…and survive.
~ Joe Campolo Jr, award winning author of The Kansas NCO and Back To The World
Vala’s Bed by award-winning novelist Joyce Faulkner is an exceptional story that will keep you turning the pages to unlock the secrets hidden in the narrative. The shame of the Holocaust haunts this coming-of-age tale about two brothers who have immigrated to America, along with their secretive mother, and the mysteries that surround their German heritage and a massive carved bed. Joyce Faulkner is a master at writing novels peopled with characters that feel as real as your neighbors and friends and plots that are tightly woven with important themes and history. While most of the novel takes place in a quaint town named Cold Creek, Ohio, between 1949 and 1970, chilling scenes abound in a story that could happen again if we aren’t careful. My heart raced and the tears flowed the closer I got to the end.
~ Kathleen M. Rodgers, author of The Final Salute, Johnnie Come Lately, and Seven Wings to Glory
Tightly plotted, emotionally intense, with complex characters and more upending twists than an M.C. Esher drawing, Vala’s Bed is a gut-punch that gives a horrifying new definition to the term “family values.” With Vala’s Bed, author Joyce Faulkner has delivered a emotionally-charged triumph.
~ Dwight Jon Zimmerman, #1 New York Times bestselling author
I do hope you guys can join us. Feel free to bring friends. There will be light refreshments. The venue is large.