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The Pompey Hollow Book Club
     

The Pompey Hollow Book Club

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by Jerome Mark Antil
 

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First Edition - Named - BOOK OF THE YEAR (Family & Fiction) 2012 - BOOKS & AUTHORS

"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

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A Novel Series

First Edition - Named - BOOK OF THE YEAR (Family & Fiction) 2012 - BOOKS & AUTHORS

"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

"It reads like a NORMAN ROCKWELL painting." ~ Ron Masak, Actor, Author

"He and his friends would soon have the daring of Huckleberry Finn. They had to. They were born the year WWII broke out and the nation was attacked by bombers. When the War was over more than seventy million people had been killed. At nine and ten Jerry and his friends had spent half their lives in War - seeing the tragedies and devastation - but also the heroism and sacrifice. They decided to create a secret club of valor. It was young Dale Barber who stepped up on the cemetery stone, raised an arm in the air and announced, "Ain't a mom in the county would stop us from going to a meeting, even on a school night if we were called - The Pompey Hollow Book Club." "Well we might stop saying ain't," said Mary. Mary was made president. She was ten, and the very first girl president in the Unites States of America - to the best of their knowledge. Kids growing up in the shadows of WWII - hunting thieves who were breaking into local businesses- - saving the poultry from the Thanksgiving table.

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A heartfelt story about growing up in the shadow of World War II.
A group of kids in rural upstate New York have a series of adventures in the years following World War II.

Young Jerry Antil has always been a city boy, so when he and his family-including his mother, his baker father Big Mike and his brothers Mike and Dick-move from the town of Cortland, N.Y., to the country in 1948, he knew he'd have to make some adjustments. Luckily Jerry, like others who grew up during World War II, is a resourceful kid who knows how to make the best of any situation. And thanks to his father, Jerry knows that if you pay attention there's plenty of adventure to be had no matter where you are. He and a group of likeminded kids form the Pompey Hollow Book Club, and before long they are finding excitement everywhere, whether they're looking for a group of thieves who have been breaking into local businesses or trying to save a gaggle of innocent poultry from a grisly end on the Thanksgiving table. Although structured as a series of discrete stories, the flow of the narrative feels more like a novel than a collection of short stories. The characters are well developed-especially the kids-and the prose is plain but competent. The humor is more goofy than witty, but it will be a hard-hearted reader who won't chuckle at least once. The novel occasionally comes across as a little saccharine, but it feels honest and heartfelt all the same. The most affecting passages describe Jerry's relationship with his extraordinary father, who instills in him a strong sense of decency, as well as a love for adventure. The author makes a compelling point by stressing the idea that growing up in wartime had a profound effect on the outlook and attitudes of the children, among other things allowing them to make the most of any situation.

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A Novel Series First Edition - Named - BOOK OF THE YEAR (Family & Fiction) 2012 - BOOKS & AUTHORS "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 "It reads like a NORMAN ROCKWELL painting." Ron Masak, Actor, Author "He and his friends would soon have the daring of Huckleberry Finn. They had to. They were born the year WWII broke out and the nation was attacked by bombers. When the War was over more than seventy million people had been killed. At nine and ten Jerry and his friends had spent half their lives in War - seeing the tragedies and devastation - but also the heroism and sacrifice. They decided to create a secret club of valor. It was young Dale Barber who stepped up on the cemetery stone, raised an arm in the air and announced, "Ain't a mom in the county would stop us from going to a meeting, even on a school night if we were called - The Pompey Hollow Book Club." "Well we might stop saying ain't," said Mary. Mary was made president. She was ten, and the very first girl president in the Unites States of America - to the best of their knowledge. Kids growing up in the shadows of WWII - hunting thieves who were breaking into local businesses- - saving the poultry from the Thanksgiving table.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780984718702
Publisher:
Little York Books
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Pages:
302
Sales rank:
746,226
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

Meet the Author

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, Worley Antil Coco and has spent twelve years researching for several books he is now working on. A note from her now adorns his wall, "Start Writing - Be Happy!" Light hearted nostalgia about growing in the 1940s. In his writing room he has the framed pages of his daughter's handwriting listing forty two subject lines of her favorite bedtime stories she was told by him.

A promise made by him to his daughter, was that his first book would be a book to help divorced fathers cope, and have the same quality times with their children as she shared with him.

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The Pompey Hollow Book Club 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
GDaddyNJ More than 1 year ago
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!
LauraSeeber More than 1 year ago
This really, for me is the epitome of a book to read on a lazy vacation day. Its narrative is warm and funny without having the syrupy feeling of nostalgia that seems to infect quite a number of books in the same vein. Clearly autobiographical in nature, it provides readers a glimpse into the way the world existed in a bygone era, and allows them the opportunity to realize that maybe, just maybe, the important things such as experience, friendship, and love, don't change all that much. I will admit, the overall pace of the book was a little slow at times, and I did feel a little bit cheated by the ending. It's important not to miss the epilogue, especially in this book! I would have liked to see a little bit more development concerning the end, but I realize that the story has to stop somewhere so that another can begin. This is definitely a great book to add to your library, especially if you want to either re-live the post-WWII time period or to simply imagine it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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