The Only Thing That Lasts

The Only Thing That Lasts

by Tyler R. Tichelaar

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BN ID: 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

About 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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
J_Royce on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Old-fashioned Nostalgia to Make a Hometown ProudThe dedication of Tyler Tichelaar's newest novel, "The Only Thing That Lasts," is to his brother "who likes an old-fashioned book." Turning the page of that dedication, the reader finds the excerpt from Gone With the Wind that titles this book, and enters a leisurely nostalgic experience that combines regional pride, factual background and wholesome values.This is a regional work meant to portray the character of the author's hometown of Marquette, Michigan. In this it succeeds, weaving what is otherwise a standard tale of family fortunes around a burnished portrait of this colorful town perched on the shores of Lake Superior. Throughout the story, names and places familiar to residents are used to place the work squarely within the confines of its geography.The story unfolds as an autobiography of Robert O'Neill, a fictional character introduced as a famous American novelist of the 20th century. The opening chapter of the book is a fast-moving montage of Robert as a young boy and his momentous move from the Deep South of South Carolina to Marquette shortly after his mother's death. It is an engaging vision of a child peering through the veil of narrow attitudes¿the very first sentence contains the epithet of "damn Yankees" by a tobacco-spitting curmudgeon¿into the consciousness of new people and places. The "Yankee" label stirs a fiery retort from our young hero, and in these first swirling pages Robert reveals himself to be a thinking, conscientious realist with a convincing background of a novelist-to-be.These passionate beginnings are tamped once the protagonist reaches Marquette, however, and the story simmers down into a straightforward and straight-laced account of hometown life in this Great Lakes community. The everyday adventures and follies that loom so large in our childhoods take the stage: Robert's hope at finding a friend his age, his fears of mockery over the pink awfulness of his new room, his adolescent loves and intrigues; here is a careful Tom Sawyer preoccupied with his own pig-tailed Becky Thatcher, recounting time-gilded adventures of his beloved hometown.It all wraps up as nicely as the nostalgic tone implies, delivering a softly moral tale just as the author indicated. There is a trite, overly- quality to the story in places, but it is punctuated by the author's humorous and quirky insights that offer bright contrast to the stolid scenes. Mr. Tichelaar has a unique voice he lays just under the text, dropping in detail and reflection that belie the sleepy, homespun yet heartfelt rhythms of the pages. At such times, the author surfaces in a way that brings authenticity to the work, actually showing through deft strokes an underlying talent that gives substance to the idea of this work as a writer's autobiography.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.--Reviewed by John Royce for "Review the Book"
LauraFabiani on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Once again, Tichelaar has spun a great story-¿a heartwarming, coming-of-age account of Robert O¿Neill, the fictional famous novelist first introduced in the Marquette trilogy. Set from 1917 to 1934, amidst the events of WWI and the Great Depression, this book is written as the autobiography of Robert O¿Neill, focusing on those early years of his youth when he moved from South Carolina to Marquette to live with his grandmother and aunt after the death of his mother, while his father fought in the war.I must confess that when I read the Marquette trilogy, which has historical people interspersed throughout its story, I believed Robert O¿Neill to be a real person, and I actually Googled his name, trying to find the books he had written. Darn! He¿s only a wonderful figment of the imagination that came alive in print. That¿s the beauty of Tichelaar¿s books; his characters are so realistic you¿d think you¿d get to meet them one day.For me, this book was the perfect one to read after I finished reading Superior Heritage (Book 3 of the Marquette trilogy) where the main character meets Robert O¿Neill who plays a pivotal role in the satisfying ending of that book. However, The Only Thing That Lasts stands alone. You don¿t have to read the Marquette trilogy to enjoy it.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 events, and ultimately, about finding your place in this vast and ever-changing world.In addition, this book is a reflection of the author's own love of his birthplace. His quest to bring it alive through his novels has been, in my opinion, highly successful.
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 for this opportunity to review this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago