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Hancock Hill Paperback – May 14, 2014
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"[It] submerges the reader in the middle of the 20th century when the horrors of WWII are still fresh in most people's memories. ...Alex and Zach are an intriguing combination of young, inspired and talented engineers who envision their invention benefiting the world. Zach's background as a Jewish refugee is a major theme ...Science and technology are fascinating and presented in an understandable manner. Silverman brings that era to life in a fast-paced, very enjoyable story. An accomplished and absorbing coming of age tale, I highly recommend it."-J. Magnus, ReadersFavorite.com
An excerpt from Red City Review:"The author's second novel is a superbly written, emotional powerhouse that will lead some readers to experience the silent cry. Silverman understands his characters in and out, and the thorough detail allows for ... a mental picture as [you] read. That's what it's all about: presenting a story that one can identify with. Silverman gets it done with Hancock Hill." - 5 Stars redcityreview.com/our-reviews/hancock-hill-by-peter-silverman/
About the Author
Peter Silverman attended Reed College, Indiana University, Drexel University, and Spring Garden College. Careers have included librarian, archivist, factory manager, and computer programmer. He has performed with semi-professional dance companies, and helped found a local chapter of Families With Children from China. He has lived in Philadelphia and its suburbs since early childhood, and has two daughters. Hancock Hill is his second self-published novel. His first, Acting Obsessed (www.actingobsessed.com), is available on Amazon.
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Peter Silverman sets his coming of age novel in mid-20th century, a time when radical changes were altering the course of families and individuals. A sledding part is the destination for high school senior Alex Dunhaigen who is dating Kay Cosgrove and Alex has hopes of a sensual liaison and is prepared for such with paraphernalia gathered by his friend Zach. And the theme of the book begins to take shape. Following the sledding party Kay and her mother abruptly leave town, apparently due to Alex and Kay's indiscretion that angered Kay's violent stepfather. Alex accepts blame for Kay's disappearance but initiates a search for her, aided and abetted by Zach (Zach, a Jewish refugee by the way, is still recovering memories of the Jewish victims of the abuses of WWII). After graduation and the entry into Drexel University the fantasy enters with a technological invention Alex and Zach share, an idea that could transform the world, but the father of a woman Alex is pursuing attempts to destroy their dream. Only in Hancock Hill can the themes be resolved.
Silverman manages to paint the pages of this book with all of the transitional elements of his elected moment in history - from the popular music of the times, the sexual awakening in a new era of freedom, to the language and references to JD Salinger, to the new challenges of the growing conflict in Vietnam and the accompanying threat of a military draft - it is all here, played with such natural finesse that this is more than just an intriguing storied imbued with fantasy: this is a moment of time travel to a time too many of us have forgotten. Grady Harp, May 14