A Delphi Falls Trilogy Inspired by Hemingway and a Fan Letter

Tall Jerry and his friends are youngsters, but the novel reaches well beyond the young adult. It so vividly captures a time and a place that older readers cannot help but get caught up in the story and the characters, both emotionally and intellectually.

Antil’s first legend in the trilogy vividly captures the life of a small hamlet in upstate New York in the year 1953, the post-World War II period when kids grew up in a simpler time, before cell phones, Facebook and the internet; and when small-town values mattered, and the future still looked secure and bright.

Award winning author Jerome Mark Antil (One More Last Dance, etc.) is a follower of the disciplines of Hemingway for ‘counting your words’, 'write what you know', and ‘the only kind of writing is rewriting’. “The best stories, our favorites, are sculpted from truth and retold again and again,” Antil says.

Antil has counted every word, every day through ten novels, (three more than Hemingway) and is now retelling the legends of a time he knows so well and the adventures of life as it was living in front of Delphi Falls, his boyhood home. (DELPHI FALLS is now an 'Open to the Public' park.) Tall Jerry and Legend One of the Delphi Falls Trilogy begins the saga from legends that will echo off the shale rock cliffs he climbed as a child. And they will live on.

A fan letter from a reader tells Antil:

  • “Your novels are like the best kind of antidepressant medication. They’ll make you feel better about yourself and the world, and these days that’s saying something. They remind the WWII children of Germany, like me at the time, that America was our only hope to bring an end to the war and our nightmares. The spirit of the Pompey Hollow Book Club novels do for the fifties what Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn did for an earlier generation.”    BR


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