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FORTY YEARS LATER (David Grossman Series) [Kindle Edition]

Steven Jay Griffel
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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#1 Amazon Best Seller in Music (March 2012, July 2012)
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Successful middle-aged publishing executive David Grossman risks everything to fulfill a promise to a woman he has not seen in forty years. When teen sweethearts and now aging Baby Boomers David and Jill reunite after four decades, sparks fly fast and furious, despite his long marriage to Allison and Jill’s reputation as a famous, former lesbian.

Jill Black, a “one hit wonder” Hollywood screenwriter, is consumed with a last chance to write and direct her own film. Success will reinvigorate her career. Failure will end it. When a pompous studio “suit” begins to undermine her authority and threatens to kill her project, the pressure forces her to spin from rage to murderous madness as she ensnares David in her plans.

Love and betrayal. Revenge and redemption. For some it ends happily. For others it all comes undone in this fast-paced drama of Baby Boomers trying to hang on to their lives, their families, and their Woodstock dreams. A riveting debut novel of suspense and humor, masterfully told by Steven Jay Griffel.

"Griffel's narrative is a rush - sharp, spot on, and funny as hell."
- Laurie Rozakis, Author, Editor & Public Speaker

"FORTY YEARS LATER is a great read. It's fast, edgy, but poignant. Steven Jay Griffel really captures the emotions of the Woodstock generation forty years later." - Les Kaye, Musician and Emmy Award winner

"Lost Dreams Redeemed...Everyone Wants A Do-Over...A Debut Novelist Worth Following."
- From the more than 60 Amazon customer 5-Star Reviews


Product Details

  • File Size: 742 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Schiller & Wells, Ltd. - A Division of Stay Thirsty Media, Inc. (October 14, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002T44IEE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved parts of it ... March 3, 2012
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As a baby-boomer, I was really looking forward to this book. And, as a baby-boomer, it brought back some fine memories - and a look at my own regrets and "should haves" and "what ifs."

David Grossman is successful in the publishing world, except he's not happy. Then he makes contact with Jill Black, a woman from his past - a past that's 40 years old. The "what ifs" start to germinate and their email relationship starts to take hold. Their entire relationship is based on Woodstock and what could have been.

I found Jill to be a nauseating "me, me, me" woman who I couldn't like at all. Grossman ... well, I wanted to shake him! DO something, SAY something, MAKE a decision! And I think that's why I didn't enjoy the book as well as other readers did.

The story is well told and the author most certainly can write. The book resonates because we all look back and wonder "what if" and the 60s references are a delight to those of us who lived through that time. But my less than stellar response is based on the characters. I just couldn't like them even though I wanted to.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing October 4, 2011
By Jezz
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I, too, purchased this ebook based on the prior reviews (all 5's except one). I expected a very good book, but instead, I thought it fell very short of the 5 star rating. Yes, people have regrets. Yes, people think of cheating. ...but I thought this book just went on and on. I kept thinking it would get better. In the end, I was very disappointed.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Debut Novelist Worth Following December 9, 2009
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I did not want to like this book and ended up reading it in one sitting. Griffel's writing holds your attention, even when his protagonist annoys you most. What is most annoying about David Grossman, "successful publishing executive," is that he is like a lot of us: short on courage and self-knowledge, but long on yearning for something greater than himself. (Regrets, we've had a few. Roads not taken, or too many taken blindly.) Yet this very human, self-centered fellow draws you into his story and ultimately disarms you. Characters are developed, plots thicken. By the second half of the novel you are in for the count, as eager and curious as David is to see the events unfold. You read as if David's choices matter. In the end, they do. Now that's a mark of great storytelling.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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This book just dragged on and on...

While I understand the regret at not having been at Woodstock (I lived in NY at the time but was only 14 so obviously could not go, as it was over 200 miles away from where I lived)it simply is not worth writing a book about...

I thought MY mundane life was boring, but this book, if true, tells a much more boring life story than I have had...and I don't think my life story would be worth writing about or reading...

This book was boring, boring, boring...Although I got it for free, it was a waste of my time to read.

In these days of self publishing, I am used to reading free books that are not the greatest, but I never have run across one this boring...

It wasn't worth it for FREE and it SURE isn't worth $5.99
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wildly Overrated April 5, 2011
By tookum
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I bought this book for my Kindle based on the overwhelming amount of "5-start" reviews it received. It is possible that the book I read was not the same book that was reviewed, but I'm pretty sure that I clicked on the right button. I found this book only mildly amusing. The author wavers back and forth on whether he is writing a humorous novel or or a serious one. The characters could be interesting, but they are never fleshed out; we only get a surface glimpse. And I found no real chemistry between the protaganist and either of the women he is involved with. The Woodstock story makes a good backdrop, but I think this book needs to be expanded and focused much more before it becomes even average. If you are an avid reader, this book will only bore you. If I had had another new book to read, I would have put this one down in a minute.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone wants a do-over... October 21, 2009
Format:Kindle Edition
I just finished reading "40 Years Later," and what fun! How many of us Baby Boomers daydream about our first real teenage crush--and all the angst and "what might have beens"? Well, author Steven Jay Griffel takes us back to those days and vividly recreates life in a summer bungalow colony in the Catskills during the time of the momentous landing on the moon and Woodstock. Now an aging baby boomer, the main character, David, has had plenty of time to reflect on his mistakes in the past. But now, through the miracle of the Internet and email, the "what might have beens" suddenly morph into "what will i dos"? The universal longing to have a "do-over" of the past humorously collides with reality. The story really moves with humor and suspense as two people get to "know" each other all over again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging March 11, 2012
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Funny and engaging. Ordinarily I'm wary of books I'm supposed to identify with. Yes, I'm a boomer, but no, I didn't go to Woodstock and going/not going has had zero effect on my life. I half expected to have my intelligence insulted, but instead I was drawn into the story. It's not War and Peace, but on the other hand, I've never been able to slog all the way through War and Peace. This book I found I could not put down. The ending was clever and the prose style kind of witty. The plot is set up nicely and I found myself unusually eager to find out what was going to happen. If you're going to be anywhere near a beach, this is the book you want in your beach bag.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars INTERESTING
I AM THE TYPE WHO ONCE I HAVE STARTED READING A BOOK I MUST COMPLETE IT. THIS BOOK WAS A DIFFICULT READ AS SOMETIMES THE STORY JUST DRAGGED ON AND ON.
Published 7 days ago by Aileen Bon
5.0 out of 5 stars Forty Years Later..."Run,don't walk to purchase"
Forty Years Later is a must read difficult to put down book. It is written with great style, flair and personality combining elements of humor and suspense with exciting twists and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Siegel Ca.
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing
I was taught that if I didn't have something nice to say not to say anything at all. I've got nothing.
Published 6 months ago by cel
2.0 out of 5 stars Depressing
I thought the writing style was poor. To me the characters and setting were all so negative that left me personally depressed as the characters were
Published 7 months ago by Carolyn L DeCora
3.0 out of 5 stars 40 years
A very enjoyable read although a bit of a let down in the ending. Would have liked some answers to the randomness.
Published 7 months ago by Nadine S. Holman
5.0 out of 5 stars Forty Years Later Is a perfect summer read
"Are you going to Woodstock?"

It was the universal chant yelled out car windows at every traffic light stop in New York City during the early summer of 1969 and it was... Read more
Published 8 months ago by heathcliffdog
3.0 out of 5 stars Apparently not my thing!
I finally got through this book. It is well written, but just not my thing. I remember Woodstock though I was slightly above the age to wallow in the mud with the attendees! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Granny4
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mensch and The Maniac
If you've ever cared for someone and years later wondered, "What if ...", FORTY YEARS LATER is great fun, with a dash of poignancy. Read more
Published 8 months ago by DfaceLaT
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
A fun read - a quick read. Everyone has that first love that you always wonder about..... It reminded me a little bit of a Lifetime TV movie!
Published 10 months ago by A. Crandall
4.0 out of 5 stars Rite of Passage
Coming of age is a difficult time, no matter what our age. We are all seeking that moment that defines us, explains us. Did we miss it? Or are we still searching?
Published 12 months ago by ItsWindy
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Having one life has always seemed too limiting for me. And so I write books to imagine other roads my life might have taken. In my novel FORTY YEARS LATER, a man faces a regret he has endured for four decades--and though it might cost him his marriage and implicate him in a murder--he decides to take a chance. In THE DEADLINE, a man has one year to fulfill a lifelong dream: a simple enough challenge--but that was before a dying mother, a corporate honcho sister, a priestess of the dark arts, and sinister agents from the Mob conspire to derail his destiny. In GRAND VIEW, I return to my most famous character, David Grossman. The story explores David's early relationships during a 1960s summer at a Catskill bungalow colony that shape his life forever. There are fathers, friends, forsaken illusions--and love. Grand View is where David's passions are revealed, passions that eventually lead him from success to crisis later in life.


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