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FORTY YEARS LATER (David Grossman Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Steven Jay Griffel
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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: 2233 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: #548,405 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 45 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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23 of 26 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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33 of 40 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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22 of 26 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
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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 Reconnections and second chances December 18, 2011
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Everyone wonders about the one that got away. Steven Jay Griffel brings you back to adolescence, exploring what happens when you reconnect with that person you've wondered about through the years. In a world pre-Facebook, Forty Years Later brings together two adults who bonded as children up in the Catskills (something that holds a special place in my heart, having spent 5 years at sleepaway camp up in Bear Mountain) in a time in their lives where they both think they've moved on. It raises the 'what if?' question that's passed through all of our heads. Excellently written, this book touched my heart and is a must-read! Can't wait for the next novel by Mr. Griffel!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story with its fair share of suspense
Great story with its fair share of suspense! It's a story of two friends who reconnect and pick up where they left off. Read more
Published 2 months ago by gab
3.0 out of 5 stars More Regrets Than Memories
Well like many of an age in 1969, this story brought back many pictures and thoughts like David the author-protagonist. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jack M.
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 7 months ago by kell
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh
A lovely read of a nostalgic moment gone by. I truly enjoyed reading this book. A sliver of personal history.
Published 7 months ago by Teresa Cavaliere DePoli
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written
Published 9 months ago by Barbara383
5.0 out of 5 stars Great trip back in time
It brought me back to the Woodstock era as well as 40 years later. It was such a memorable time but there were also many regrets for things undone as well as done. Read more
Published 10 months ago by roslyn y. moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly a mystery
this was a strange book, not what I was expecting. It had some interesting parts, but ended diffuse than I was inaugurated it would. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Just wish some plot points would have been resolved
I downloaded FORTY YEARS LATER after finishing GRAND VIEW by the same author. I enjoy the character of David Grossman and I really like Steven Jay Griffel's writing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Marcia Rovins
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great read!
I only purchased this book the other day, but immediately, I was sucked in and started reading it out loud to my husband. We are now reading it together. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tiffani Velez
5.0 out of 5 stars FYL.......
Just completed Forty Years Later and reread the last 5 pages three times...Mr. Griffel is to be highly commended for surfacing an era gone by with ease and engagement..... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Heidi
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More About the Author

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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