The Only Thing That Lasts

The Only Thing That Lasts

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by Tyler R. Tichelaar
     
 

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The Only Thing That Lasts is written as the autobiography of Robert O'Neill, the famous novelist first introduced in The Marquette Trilogy. As a young boy during World War I, Robert is forced to leave his South Carolina home to live in Marquette with his grandmother and aunt. He finds there a cold climate, but many warmhearted friends as he matures into adulthood

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The Only Thing That Lasts is written as the autobiography of Robert O'Neill, the famous novelist first introduced in The Marquette Trilogy. As a young boy during World War I, Robert is forced to leave his South Carolina home to live in Marquette with his grandmother and aunt. He finds there a cold climate, but many warmhearted friends as he matures into adulthood and becomes a famous writer. The Only Thing That Lasts is a joyful, lighthearted, yet meaningful story of home and hearth.

Mr. Tichelaar says of this work, "The Only Thing That Lasts is the first novel I ever wrote. I wanted to write an old-fashioned novel in the style of Louisa May Alcott or L. Frank Baum's Aunt Jane's Nieces, or even Marquette's own Carroll Watson Rankin, whose Dandelion Cottage first made Marquette the setting for a novel."

Editorial Reviews

Laura Fabiani
The title of the book refers to a quote from Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind when Scarlett states emphatically that the only thing that lasts is one's land. This story touches on how love for one's land can affect how we live. Robert O'Neill explores his Southern and Northern roots and how both contributed to the person he would become--a great novelist whose novels would make a mark in the literary world. But it is equally about young love, trying to make sense of the world and its event
John A. Royce
The book is what it purports to be, a nostalgic "old-fashioned" piece of Americana and all that implies. There are surprises, but not many, for surprise is not the purpose of such a portrait. "The Only Thing That Matters" is a well-meant work that seldom startles or alarms, but says what it means and leaves the reader with a pleasant impression of the town and its fictional--and its actual--gifted author.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012981905
Publisher:
Marquette Fiction
Publication date:
09/06/2011
Series:
Marquette Trilogy , #5
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
280
File size:
598 KB

Meet the Author

Tyler R. Tichelaar, 7th generation Marquette resident, spent thousands of hours researching and writing The Marquette Trilogy: Iron Pioneers, The Queen City, and Superior Heritage. Tyler has a Ph.D. in Literature from Western Michigan University, and Bachelor and Master's Degrees from Northern Michigan University. He has lectured on writing and literature at Clemson University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of London. Tyler is the regular guest host of Authors Access Internet Radio and the President of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association. He is the owner of Marquette Fiction and Superior Book Promotions, a professional book review, editing, and proofreading service. Tyler lives in Marquette, Michigan where the roar of Lake Superior, mountains of snow, and sandstone architecture inspire his writing.

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Only Thing That Lasts 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DianeWalters More than 1 year ago
“A true library inside a home! To possess a library was the only reason I could think of for why anyone would want to be rich.” Okay . . . I’m hooked! How could I not fall in love with a boy (or anyone) who loves books that much? Just getting to page 85 to see the excitement on Robert’s face as he sees all those beautifully embossed books lining the shelves in that massive library and knowing that as a solid defining moment in his life is worth the five stars to me. Life was so different around a hundred years ago, and without television, telephones, computers, gadgets--I imagine to a young boy who wanted to find adventure and the mysteries of life, books would seem to hold the magic keys to the world. Some people have compared this story to Twain’s scallywags Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. I don’t see that here. This reminds me more of a story like Little Women with all the homespun charm of the Little House books, except from a boy’s point of view. For this, I’d like to thank Tyler Tichelaar’s brother for requesting an “old fashioned story.” (Dedication page) And, I’m a sucker for this type of tale. It is so refreshing to not have all the people being murdered, being put into jail, doing drugs, or plotting revenge tactics. This is just an easy story about a young boy’s fictional life in historic Marquette, Michigan. Robert has more than his share of hardships and emotional adjustments for a young teen during the war, (and, as a young man) yet, he always seems to find the bright spot in things even if it is only for a short period of time as is evidenced in this passage, “And so, whenever life has felt close to falling apart, I think back on that day and think of the blue and the green, the two colors that made my soul leap up in me, that made me feel like I had a deeper, inner life I was only beginning to understand.” (P. 139) Sprinkled throughout the book were historical facts about Marquette and Mackinac Island. It was so much fun to look up these places on the Internet. I have to agree with the author that the Grand Hotel is the most impressive hotel I’ve ever seen. It looks like an amazing place as does the island itself. All this history added so much enjoyment to the story and made it really come to life. The Only Thing That Lasts was such an enjoyable read that I’m certain I’ll be enjoying other works by Tyler R. Tichelaar. I’d like to thank the author for this lovely copy of his book and also Review the Book.com for this opportunity to review this book.
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