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The Revealing of Peter Golden

March 15, 2012 By: larramiefg Category: Profiles, Q&A

Journalist, biographer, and historian, Peter Golden has spent a career breathing insight and life into award-winning non-fiction. Now, however, he has turned his creative talents to fiction with the novel Comeback Love to be released Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

The premise:

What would you do if you had a second chance with the one that got away?

The synopsis:

Over thirty-five years ago, Gordon Meyers, an aspiring writer with a low number in the draft lottery, packed his belongings and reluctantly drove away, leaving Glenna Rising, the sexy, sharp-witted med student he couldn’t imagine living without.
Now, decades later, Gordon is a former globetrotting consultant with a grown son, an ex-wife, and an overwhelming desire to see Glenna again. Stunned when Gordon walks into her Manhattan office, Glenna agrees to accompany him for a drink. As the two head out into the snow-swept city, they become caught up in the passions that drew them together then tore them apart, and as the evening unfolds, Gordon finally reveals the true reason for his return.

Moving between past and present, Comeback Love is a journey into the hearts of two lovers who came of age in the 1960s and is a sensual exploration of youth, regret, desire, and the bonds that mysteriously endure in the face of momentous change.

Whether focused on the past or present, this storyline and its characters ring true with honesty, depth, and universal recognition in a story of love. Ah, but there’s more praise:

“Stirring and romantic, a sweeping novel about first loves and second chances.”—Sarah Pekkanen, author of The Opposite of Me and These Girls



“An absorbing, intelligent novel about retracing one’s steps to recover what was lost, and about coming to terms with the mistakes of the past in order to rediscover a future. Peter Golden reminds us that going back is sometimes the only way to move ahead.” —Elizabeth Brundage, author of A Stranger Like You and The Doctor’s Wife



“Glenna and Gordon’s romance rises and falls with the familiar but engrossing tempo of reckless, youthful passion.” —Publishers Weekly

“Comeback Love is a heartfelt and lyrical novel. A stylishly composed, moving tale of loss and redemption.” -James Howard Kuntsler, author of The Long Emergency and World

The Divining Wand has scheduled a return visit from Peter Golden on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 but — for today — let’s meet the author through his “official” bio:

Peter Golden is an award-winning journalist, biographer, and historian. The author of several works of nonfiction, including Quiet Diplomat, about U.S. diplomacy with Israel, Comeback Love is his first novel. He lives outside Albany, New York.

And now the opportunity to get to know Peter more upclose and personal:

Q. How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A. Wife son reading writing music lucky—so far

Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Enjoy every day

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Eating ice cream with no calories that also lowers cholesterol, builds muscle mass, and reduces your waist size

Q. What’s your greatest fear?
A. Losing someone I love

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A. In my desk chair

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. Crusader Rabbit

Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My wife

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?
A. #@&$! I can say not only in English but in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Hebrew, Arabic, and Greek. In this manner I avoid overuse.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. Write songs like the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Being a loving husband and father.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?
A. Impatience

Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Persistence

Q. What do you regret most?
A. Any time I’ve wasted

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. My cat, Rocky

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?
A. I’m persistent

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Superman

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Hannibal Lecter

Q. If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Sandy Koufax: Thank you for making me believe that anything was possible.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Cruelty

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
A. Reading.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?
A. Major-league pitcher

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A. Kindness, persistence, honesty

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A. Ice cream sundaes

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?
A. Hallelujah, Eight Days a Week, Come Together, Mr. Tambourine Man, It’s Alright Ma, I’m only Bleeding.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A. Taras Bulba And Other Tales by Nikolai Gogol; The Complete Stories by Flannery O’Connor; Stalingrad: The Seige by Antony Beevor; A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Even with all his previous success, the very talented Peter Golden is living a lifetime dream of becoming a novelist. Share in his journey by following him on Twitter and becoming a friend on Facebook. Also, why not Pre-order Comeback Love now….you’ll be thrilled that you did.

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