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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Romance / General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:219
  • eBook ISBN:9781623094195

Music From Both Sides of the Moon

by R.H. Garrett

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As John Jakes, praised as "the godfather of the historical novel" with more than 55 million copies of the Kent Chronicles in print suggests, a good plot soon disappears from memory. A good character, never. So move over Garp, Huck, Captain Queeg, Gus McCrae, Rabbit Angstrom, Yossarian and the rest of those literary personalities that live forever in the memories of readers. Make room for the remarkable characters that spill out of "Music From Both Sides of the Moon". In this wonderfully entertaining and touching first novel, you will embrace E. Tim Kelly, struck on the head as an infant by a cottonmouth water moccasin; the entire cast of "Professor Crady's Traveling Show of Oddities and Prodigies"; Hap O'Shea, an oddball teacher who goes fishing in storm drains and imagines balloon farms; along with an endearing cast of never-to-be-forgotten characters. "Music From Both Sides of the Moon" will take you from the smoky jazz clubs of New Orleans to the brutal battle for the island of Corregidor in the Pacific during World War II. It will lead you from the suffocating depths of pain and punishment to the purest heights of love and devotion.
"Music From Both Sides of the Moon" introduces the reader to a remarkable ensemble of characters including Nathan O'Shea, a musician from a small town in Mississippi who travels throughout the South. Nathan lands in New Orleans when the leader of the Mississippi All Star Dixieland Band absconds with two weeks of wages and the drummer's wife. Nathan meets E. Tim Kelly, an phenomenal clarinet player who had been bitten on the head by a cottonmouth water moccasin as an infant. E.Tim had been left with one side of his skull caved it by the bite and spent his youth as a member of "Professor Bill Crady's Traveling Show of Oddities and Prodigies". Nathan, E. Tim, along with a one-armed trumpet player named Wingy Mignon form the "Night Bloomin' Jazzmen' and become the most popular musical act in New Orleans. Nathan leaves New Orleans when E. Tim dies of a brain hemorrhage on stage and travels to Los Angeles. When the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor, Nathan joins the USO Foxhole Circuit where he and many Hollywood stars perform for the troops. Throughout his visits to war zones all over the world, Nathan searches for a Navy nurse, Joleen Salveson, whom he fallen in love with at first sight at the Hollywood USO Canteen. Joleen Salveson will volunteer for an assignment on Corregidor in the Pacific. Soon after landing, the Japanese will attack the island and hold her prisoner for nearly three years. In a parallel storyline, the Carolina family will be struck by the suicide of their son. The mother will fall to alcoholism and self-abasement which leads to the near death of her husband at the hands of her sadistic lover. Molly Caroline, the daughter, will pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian while living with the everyday guilt of not being able to have prevented her teenage brother's death. Despite the tragedies that have befallen the characters from "Music From Both Sides of the Moon", the reader will find that the remarkable power of love can truly overcome the most horrible of adversities
About the author
R.H. Garrett is a former U.S. Army Correspondent and copywriter for J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Playboy Magazine, L.A. Times, Baltimore Sun and other major daily newspapers. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Biology at Palomar Community College in San Marcos, Ca. Garrett is also a member of the Fabulous Pelicans, a rock and roll band that has performed all over the world including the Olympic Games, Superbowl XXXII and were recipients of the 'USO Entertainer of the Year' award, doing shows for the U.S. military including five landings and performances on aircraft carriers while at sea.
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