Memories That Linger
Primal yearnings tempt fourteen-year-old Sean McGinnis. Centerfold Marilyn Monroe and rock-‘n’-roll drive him to unthinkable actions, but the nuns at Our Lady of Angels Grammar School are not amused. Although a reprieve is granted, Sean continues to challenge the boundaries of his recent Confirmation Ceremony. With two of his buddies by his side, Sean embraces his newly ordained adult status while vacationing along the banks of the lower Russian River in northern California. Apple Ripple, marijuana, and carnal cravings provide new found horizons as the trio explores the playland of Rio Nido. Then one day a gut-wrenching crisis makes an uninvited visit to the McGinnis clan, and Sean paddles downriver to escape the heartache. His buddies catch up, but a nine-foot water creature, a four-story pagan owl, government Black Coats and a mysterious island waylay them. With renewed resolve, Sean scraps his way back to Rio Nido only to discover that his family’s plight has deepened. Homeless and with few financial resources, Sean navigates his mother and younger siblings through the tumultuous summer of 1953.
About John Michael McCarty (Santa Rosa, California Author)
Inspired by his family’s imprint upon northern California folklore since 1870, John McCarty creates unique characters and sends them off on an adventure thru yesteryear over the beautiful landscape of San Francisco and Sonoma counties.
His tales brim with local yarns and antiquity, reflecting his thirty-year career as history instructor and researcher on both the secondary and graduate levels. John is affiliated with the San Francisco, Sonoma County and Russian River Historical Societies. He is also a member in good standing with Redwood Writers and the Fulbright Association. With an abundance of city and country rascals at his disposal, our author’s single concern is to make sure that the ridiculous truth does not plow over fiction.