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Larry Enright is the son of Irish immigrants, born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Kenyon College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with an A.B. in Philosophy and minors in Art and English Literature.

After college, he moved to the East Coast where he filled his life with many careers including teacher, professional musician, computer programmer, and researcher. He wrote his first novel in 1980, and penned two more "bookend efforts" before "Four Years from Home," was published in 2010. That book went on to be a top 100 U.S. Kindle best seller for three consecutive weeks and a category best seller for nine months. He has since written "A King in a Court of Fools," a serial novel read by thousands online weekly for over a year until published in book form, "Buffalo Nickel Christmas," a Christmas fantasy set in the 1950s, "12|21|12," a short piece of alternative science fiction, "A Cape May Diamond," a story of mystery and redemption, "The Adventures of Walter Stickle," a 3-book series of science fiction about an ordinary man with extraordinary adventures, "The Blacker Death," a thriller that pits one man against the mob and a deadly disease, and "Transcriber," a story of timeless love and unnatural hate. 

Larry lives on a small farm with his wife and two sons where he writes full time and supports other authors in their efforts to fulfill their dreams.

Find him at larryenright.com.

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  • File Size: 1176 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publication Date: September 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009F33AJG
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Larry Enright is the son of Irish immigrants, born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended Kenyon College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with an A.B. in Philosophy and minors in Art and English Literature.

After college, he moved to the East Coast where he filled his life with many careers including teacher, professional musician, computer programmer, and researcher. He wrote his first novel in 1980, and penned two more "bookend efforts" before "Four Years from Home," was published in 2010. That book went on to be a top 100 U.S. Kindle best seller for three consecutive weeks and a category best seller for nine months. He has since written "A King in a Court of Fools," a serial novel read by thousands online weekly for over a year until published in book form, "Buffalo Nickel Christmas," a Christmas fantasy set in the 1950s, "12|21|12," a short piece of alternative science fiction, "A Cape May Diamond," a story of mystery and redemption, "The Adventures of Walter Stickle," a 3-book series of science fiction about an ordinary man with extraordinary adventures, "The Blacker Death," a thriller that pits one man against the mob and a deadly disease, and "Transcriber," a story of timeless love and unnatural hate.

Larry lives on a small farm with his wife, two sons, and a lifetime of ideas.

Find him at larryenright.com.

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Palermo on October 16, 2012
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Tom Ryan is sullen, clever, a bit nasty at times, but still looking for a positive, uplifting way to fit within his own skin. Emotionally, he's been through a lot - witness his exploits in Four Years From Home, a quiet precursor that roars to a startling, but sad, finish. Thankfully there's more.

Part two of this mini-epic takes place in the sleepy remains of Cape May, New Jersey. A beachfront resort never-wannabee, it was meant for the geriatric set to reminisce: simpler lives retold in morning conversations at the nearby diner. Everyone knew everyone's tales.

Except Tom's. His was an enigma, as he played second string cook and bottle washer for his aunt and uncle's eatery, and lived in one tight but adequate room in their home around the corner. Some particularly nasty individuals invade his hideaway. So do two ladies, one, part of a mystery, one, part of a love story.

To tell more is to give it away, and this yarn is about discovery. Suffice it to say that I cared about Tom as the pages progressed, and was glad for the author's ultimate beneficence. [Okay, that's a bit of a spoiler.]

Larry Enright's verbal paintbrush is amazing. His sleepy village of Cape May mirrors my memories of its peace and quiet for those in need: sand lined sidewalks shaded by old broad leafs, subtle sounds of animals and passing cars, plus an occasional porch swing squeak.

I was also amazed by Tom Ryan's vivid character. Thru the despair engendered by his failures, his constant wisecracks spoke of an individual still claiming a right to oxygen on this planet...and, as the challenges unfolded, a chance to do better.

Sometimes the snappy comebacks didn't even make it to his mouth.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christa Polkinhorn on April 13, 2013
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I read Larry Enright's FOUR YEARS FROM HOME, which is the story of the Ryan family, in particular of Tom. His selfish, arrogant, and often mean-spirited behavior does not exactly endear the main character to the reader. The fact that you don't completely hate him has a lot to do with the author's story-telling skills and the humor he infuses into the action. While laughing at Tom's antics and hating his meanness, you always wait for something to happen that throws the over-confident ego-maniac off kilter. And it does happen and in a very tragic way. At the end, you feel sorry for Tom rather than angry at him.

Fortunately, the author didn't stop there and gave us A CAPE MAY DIAMOND. Here we meet Tom again. Released from a two-year stint in jail, he works for his aunt and uncle at an eatery in a run-down place at the New Jersey shore. Haunted by feelings of guilt about his brother's death, he lives an almost pathetic existence. He hides his sadness and remorse behind a mask of sarcasm. However, it is here that, probably for the first time in his life, Tom begins to care about the lives of other people rather than just about his own fate. And that is the seed for a possible journey of redemption. Enough said; you just have to read the book. Suffice to say, that you actually start to like the guy. Larry Enright demonstrates once again his literary expertise with vivid descriptions, page-turning action, and tongue-in-cheek humor. There is also a touch of mystery in the form of the young girl Annie Mae Meeham. Is she real or not? Find out for yourself!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Woodpusher on November 12, 2012
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This is an excellent sequel to Enright's "Four Years from Home." I prefer reading books in order, so I highly recommend reading "Four Years from Home" first, as the characters in "A Cape May Diamond" are just so much richer when you have the full history. This book does stand well enough on its own if reading it first is your preference.

The previous reviews should be enough to convince you to buy this book immediately, so I'll just add a couple of things they did not mention.

I have read all of Enright's books that I can find and, in case you haven't noticed, they contain many hidden references, Easter eggs, anagrams, plays on words, and other clever tricks that have you reading the book on two levels: one for the story and the other for the sheer fun of finding the little presents he has left for you subtly strewn within the story. Keep your eyes open while you read his books - you won't be disappointed.

If you just zip through the book as a light fiction read, you've missed a lot. How does the title tie into the story line? Who is the mysterious Annie Mae Meeham; where did she come from and what becomes of her? Is there a reason the story is set in Cape May, the town of ghosts? This book has more depth than is evident in a cursory reading. I hate to spoil a book by saying too much so, let me just say, read this book!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. Them on October 16, 2012
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A gem of a Jersey shore town co-stars in a story of a damaged fellow trying to forget a serious mistake by burying himself in menial work and of the novice policewoman who sees character and hope in him despite his wisecracking veneer. A love story settles itself within a mystery involving corruption and deceit, and memorable characters tug at your heartstrings. There is an earnest, helpful young woman who amazes with her seeming ability to vanish, a doctor with a heart of gold and ambitious friends, a hard-bitten cop with an appetite for steak, an older couple ekeing out a living in a luncheonette, a priest who marvels at sacrifice, a widow with indomitable hope and cheer who trolls the beach for diamonds of polished glass. Find your own diamond: read this book!
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