Out of Stone

Out of Stone

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Set in a small New Jersey town in 1920, Out of Stone tells the story of three neighbors whose lives become intertwined by the lasting effects of the late war and a terrible family tragedy: Bruce Minton, a shell-shocked World War I veteran, who lives alone in the house his great-grandfather built; Marion Blauvelt, a sculptor, whose fiance was killed in the battle of the Somme; Suzanne Girard, a twelve-year-old girl whose family is troubled. The war memorial Marion is creating exemplifies the novel's main theme: "A war memorial should be not just to remember those who died or were wounded, but to show a way to go ahead. Wasn't that what they had all been trying to do-put the past in its place in the present and future, not forgotten but linked? And the past was not unchanging-didn't it change in our minds as we changed? How could she write that in stone? But she would write it in stone, stone that changed under light, with distance, with the person who looked at it.""show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 254 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 14.73mm | 444.52g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514777916
  • 9781514777916

About Ann Elwood

Ann Elwood lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California, with six cats, a desert tortoise, seven box turtles, and a German shepherd, Louis. She grew up in Saddle River, New Jersey. After college, she taught elementary school for a few miserable years, then moved to the Philadelphia area and landed a job as a typist-clerk at the Philadelpha Bulletin. When her boss discovered she had difficulty typing up circulation figures with twelve carbons, she was fired and found another job writing copy for a paternalistic insurance company that offered a low salary and delicious free lunch. One of the typesetters had the magical ability to square up a stack of paper into a perfect cube. Eventually she moved to a studio apartment on Irving Place in New York City, and, after a few months of writing copy for a textbook company, went on to freelance as a writer of anything anyone would pay her for. In 1967, she moved to Los Angeles, where she was advertising manager for a publishing company. Then the West Coast was a mecca for writers and adventurers. Within a couple of years, she visited a Malibu beach house, fell in love (long-distance) with Bob Dylan, met Thomas Pynchon (he wouldn't remember it), and saw Hair. In 1972, she returned to freelancing. The following year she moved to Cardiff. She wrote articles for Irving Wallace and his son, David Wallichinsky, (People's Almanac and Book of Lists), and did other wonderful things she won't mention here. With Carol Orsag Madigan, she wrote several non-fiction books. A desire to delve more deeply into ideas finally drove her to graduate school in 1981. Her dissertation focused on an order of 17th and 18th century French nuns so she had to spend a happy year in France doing research. While not in the archives, she drank local wine with fellow historians and traveled the country with her dog, Puppy, who had far less trouble than she did communicating with the French. Now, she teaches history part-time at California State University, San Marcos, spends time with Louis and the other animals, and writes the books she has always wanted to write but never had the time for.show more

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