Kickass, the doorstop dog, was intrigued by the keeper’s recent reading of a long article about the German POWs in Wisconsin during the last two years of WW II. Written by CNN reporters, the piece retraced much of the route the keeper followed in his 50-year obsession to finally see publication of his novel MARGARET’S WAR. Set in the kind of small Wisconsin town where the keeper grew up, the novel tells the story of what happens to a distraught young woman, a 15-year-old wanna-be soldier and a reprobate lawyer as an isolated town comes face-to-face with the enemy that has been killing their sons and lovers for years. It was especially daunting for Gold Star mothers. The keeper, with Phyllis’s help, is setting up an ambitious schedule of library readings all over Wisconsin throughout the spring, summer and fall, and it is likely to seriously interfere with his trout fishing. He says that is okay however because MARGARET’S WAR was a lot of work and it is a good story that he believes in and wants people to read. Kickass, not being a reader, did chew briefly on a corner of the book and found it to be palatable.
(See billstokesauthor.com for more Kickass and news of the novel MARGARET’S WAR.)