For Immediate Release Contact: Duncan Crary 518-274-2723
ALBANY, N.Y. (01/10/2011) — Peter Golden is best-known for his interviews with Cold War-era world leaders, including Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush (41); Secretaries of State Kissinger, Haig, and Shultz; Israeli Prime Ministers Shamir, Peres, and Rabin; and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.
Now the historian and journalist is exploring the changing role of women during the Cold War with his first novel, “Comeback Love.” Though the story includes both male and female perspectives, Golden said he particularly wanted to write about how the changing roles of women affected men.
“Men were changed enormously by how our culture has been re-arranged by the wider choices now available to women,” he said. “That moment of change — before women started to enter professional schools in great numbers — and what it means to both sexes today, is what I tried to catch in the novel.”
Set in Spuyten Duyvil in the Riverdale section of the Northern Bronx, “Comeback Love” journeys into the hearts of two lovers who came of age in the 1960s and find themselves reunited in the present.
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 globe-trotting 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. Glenna is now a pediatrician with a large practice and her battles with Gordon should be long behind her. Yet, 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.
“This is the story of two people who are flattened by the cultural and psychological roadblocks in their relationship and then finally discover the meaning of love,” Golden said. “Love, in my view, is when people come to view their partner’s sense of emotional security to be as important as their own. That’s why I kept a note on my desk while writing this novel that says: ‘If you can’t be fair to both sides, then you can’t tell this story.'”
Golden said he was compelled to write “Comeback Love” while researching for his forthcoming nonfiction book on the Cold War. Some scenes in his novel also include intricately researched historical Cold War events, such as a speech by Stalin.
“People who know my background want to know how this novel is connected to the Cold War,” Golden said. “I tell them: ‘You won’t find the Soviet Union any more, but men and women are still working it out.'”
“Comeback Love” is the first title released by Staff Picks Press, a new publishing project of Susan Novotny, an independent bookseller in Albany and Troy N.Y. Novotny believes “Comeback Love” will especially appeal to fans of Nicholas Sparks.
“Comeback Love” is available at select independent bookstores and through IndieBound at: http://bookhouse.indiebound.com/book/9781935680000
Peter Golden is an award-winning journalist, biographer, memoirist and historian. He is the author of five books and lives outside Albany, N.Y., with his wife and son.
Visit http://www.petergolden.com to learn more about the author.
For an author photo and book cover, visit: http://duncancrary.com/clients/PeterGolden.html
To schedule an interview with Peter Golden, or to request a review copy of “Comeback Love,” contact Duncan Crary at 518-274-2723.
Media coverage resulting from this press release:
A heartfelt and lyrical novel of loss and redemption (.pdf)
Senior Beacon, Feb. 2011 pp. 28
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The Record, Jan. 29, 2011
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The Record, Jan. 18, 2011
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