Two Best Friends Weren’t Spared. Only One Was Drafted.
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Book Title: Stefan’s Promise by Sam Rennick
Category: Adult Fiction (18 +), 546 pages
Genre: Literary Fiction
Publisher: Hugo House Publishers
Release date: September 3, 2019
Tour dates: Jan 27 to Feb 7, 2020
Content Rating: PG: Some adult themes but no bad language.
proposed to me. I hadn’t thought of that September day for so long, and
then I began “Stefan’s Promise.” Soon I was recalling that day and
others, events and circumstances shared by those of us who lived through
the “tumultuous year of 1968” and the following 35 years. In the
Preface, Sam Rennick states his intention to deliver a completely
absorbing tale. He does!”
The author brings great sensitivity to one powerful scene
after another. There is Mike Huxtable, victim of an unprovoked blow,
aimlessly wandering the aisles of a drug store, day after day. There is
Stefan Kopinski, half-pondering his friend’s illness, half-observing the
Midwestern city in which he finds himself. These scenes but two among
many in this compelling novel.”
—Silvia Lorente-Murphy, PhD Professor Emerita Purdue University
The Vietnam War Changed America. Two Best Friends Weren’t Spared. Only One Was Drafted.
It’s 1968. America is rocked by assassinations, war protests and
political upheaval. Alan Young, 21, is brooding over having been dumped
by his girlfriend. This won’t last long. His draft notice is in the
mail. Stefan Kopinski isn’t about to let the war get in his way. He
spends his days at the mercy of his reckless ambition. When fate steps
in, will he finally understand what has been right in front of him for
30 years? “Stefan’s Promise” is the story of Alan and Stefan.
Circumstances part them and sharply diverging temperaments further erode
their bond. Yet, Alan and Stefan are wrong in supposing their
friendship has ended. It’s just getting started.
Sam Rennick began writing Stefan’s Promise forty years ago, but
it wasn’t until fairly recently, when he retired from his law practice
that he was able to take his manuscript from its drawer and finish it.
He admits he wishes he could say he planned this all along, since the
two books comprising the novel, though written many years apart, combine
perfectly into a compelling narrative.
While many authors have influenced him, he singles out Somerset Maugham
as his muse, observing that Maugham always starts with a good story, but
often finds a way to insert that “something extra” separating merely a
nice tale from literature. Sam’s interest in books is only exceeded by
his love for baseball, which began when he was nine years old.
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