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My daughter Deahn and my brother Jack have recently published books.

Milkweed by Deahn Berrini
How to Earn Your Keep by Deahn Berrini

Deahn's first novel, Milkweed, takes place in her home town, Ipswich, Massachusetts, during the Vietnam War.
A young woman, Cassandra, finds that her returning veteran, Mark, is no longer the same person she has known, loved, and waited for.
Intelligent and thougthful, Cassandra draws the reader in as she makes choices about her relationship with Mark, her friends, and her own future.


Her second novel, How to Earn Your Keep, takes a hard look at how economic stress can unravel one's morality. Kit Lavoie has lost a college scholarship and is back at home working for a personal injury lawyer. She is also responsible for her childlike mother and her sexually unsure and impulsive brother Larry. When her boss enlists her help to snare a wealthy defendant who could make the firm millions, Kit willingly goes along--until the facts of the case pits Kit's conscience against her need ot make a living.

We Came to Fight a War by Jack Flynn
It's Okay to Lie if Your Fingers are Crossed by Jack Flynn

We Came to Fight a War by Jack Flynn, as remembered and told to him by Alvin Kotler.

I call Jack's book My Brothers' Book because it was written by my younger brother Jack about my older brother Bill, a B-17 pilot during World War II. Bill died last year, and, at his wake, an elderly man stepped up to the coffin, pinned wings on my brother's lapel, then stood back and saluted. The man was Al Kotler, the radio gunner and last living member of Bill's crew. He began telling stories to Jack, which culminated in this book.


It's Okay to Lie if Your Fingers are Crossed takes place in a suburb north of Fenway Park, in August, 1950. It is an adult novel for adults who still have some "kid' left in them. Young Billy Flynn is determined to find truth and direction, in spite of a family that opposes him at every turn and a neighborhood populated by a host of zany, insensitive, un-politically correctr characters who aspire to little. It is light, it is heavy, it is American, it is Irish/American, it is sad, it is funny. And if it wern't for the irrepressible spirit and persistence of its hero, Billy Flynn it could have been tragic.


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