The Pompey Hollow Book Club

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After D-Day a city boy - Jerry - moves to a small country village in upstate New York. He and his new friends save the helpless and solve crime using the examples set for them and character traits they benefited from growing up watching an entire world at war. Close friends and country families make 1949 legendary.Children of the 1940s learned right from wrong the easy way – and they learned by example that all things were possible when they all came together. It was the very ingenuity and spirit they witnessed ...
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After D-Day a city boy - Jerry - moves to a small country village in upstate New York. He and his new friends save the helpless and solve crime using the examples set for them and character traits they benefited from growing up watching an entire world at war. Close friends and country families make 1949 legendary.Children of the 1940s learned right from wrong the easy way – and they learned by example that all things were possible when they all came together. It was the very ingenuity and spirit they witnessed in the 1940s and mimicked that made the imagination of the Pompey Hollow Book Club possible. The D Day invasion of 1945 was monument to the reverence the kids of the early forties, had for, those they called - their heroes - who fought and died for world freedom. D Day became their benchmark for the protection of freedom’s minimum standard.

Living in a city (Cortland, N.Y.) for the duration, Jerry watched the impact of the War in every family window with a star or heart child drafted, killed or missing from that home. He couldn’t read but he could count the lists of the names, of the dead, taped to shop windows each day. When Mary’s father returned from France and Italy, in uniform, after the War, she ran and hid under her grandmother’s bed, shaking in fear, not remembering his face - he had been gone so long. Randy and "Bases" went through the War in shrouds of darkness, and were asked to take on certain adult responsibilities around the house, in their dad’s absences – while not being able to hear about the secrets their dads were working on at the Carrier plant in Syracuse – for submarines, bombers and tanks. Dale had to work the farm a little harder, as a child, with the adults drafted. Bob Holbrook, the oldest boy of four at the time, had to step up to the plate at four – after his father was drafted to serve in Europe. He had to help his mother any way he could.

Kids from the early forties didn’t take kindly to invasion and they had an even shorter tolerance for bullies of any kind. If you want to see an American child of that era become a Pompey Hollow Book Club flag bearer, just let anyone threaten their family, friends, or someone weaker and helpless. You will see D-day all over again.
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Editorial Reviews

Ron Masak
"It's a wonderful read. It reads like a living NORMAN ROCKWELL painting."
-- Ron Masak, Actor (Murder She Wrote)
Ruta Lee
This is my dear, dear, long time friend, Jerome Mark Antil. Great read for all ages. Pick one up for Christmas or anytime gifts...and get one for yourself! xoxo Ruta!
Stuart Horwitz
“Mark Twain meets the Greatest Generation!The Pompey Hollow Book Club is the best kind of novel: charming, but with teeth. The narration exudes an experienced innocence with characters at once empathic and courageous. One might be tempted to call its setting a bygone era had this era not fashioned our world... this work moved me deeply.”
--Stuart Horwitz, Book Architecture
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984718719
  • Publisher: Little York Books
  • Publication date: 12/7/2011
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 543,929
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerome Mark Antil
Jerome Mark Antil was born in Cortland, New York in 1941. The seventh child of a seventh son of a seventh son, Michael Charles Antil Sr., and Mary Rowe Holman Antil. He completed the first grade at the St. Mary's Catholic school in Cortland, New York when the family moved to Delphi Falls, New York where he lived until just after finishing his eleventh grade in high school. Jerome Mark Antil grew up with five brothers and two sisters. Mary Margaret; Dorothy Louise; Michael Charles, Jr.; Frederick Holman; Richard Francis; Paul Robert; and James Joseph. His blood grandmother, on his Mother's side, was Catherine Rowe-Bell, who lived with the family in Delphi Falls. Catherine's sister, Josephine and her husband, Frederick Holman adopted Jerome's Mother as a child when her father left and never returned. The family called their grandmother, Aunt Kate, but always knew she was their Grandmother. The family also adored, Bomma Jo and Bompa Fred for their caring, love and devotion of their Mom. Just before his senior year in high school the family moved from Delphi Falls, first to North Syracuse and then to Milwaukee as a result of a year his father had spent in a TB sanitarium, and subsequent failed businesses. He moved with his Mom and Dad and two of his brothers moved from Delphi Falls, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Jerome graduated from St. John's Cathedral in 1958 and went on to attend Xavier University in Cincinnati Ohio. His parents and younger brother James Joseph moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana where they remained.

His career has been "writing" and "marketing" in the business world. He wrote marketing plans, sales and training movies and commercials. He has lectured at Cornell University; The Johnson School; St. Edwards University; and Southern Methodist University. Jerome was inspired to begin the career he always wanted, at the behest of his daughter and has spent twelve years researching for several books he is now working on.
he's often quote as saying, "Marketing has been my Mississippi."
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  • Posted December 14, 2011

    Childhood experiences with several twists! Sit back and enjoy...

    Picture a time when you ran freely through life expanding on your thoughts, livelihood, and intuition; it¿s called ¿Your childhood.¿ Jerome¿s depiction of life in Delphi Falls allows for his readers to be submersed in ever-evolving childhood capers. This book keeps the readers senses in full swing ¿ it¿s a must read for all ages!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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