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Literary Review 2021
Congratulations to our Mt. Diablo members chosen for this year’s Literary Review!
This Man is My Son
Barry D. Hampshire
In truth, The Grande Dame and Hitler’s Twin is a hilarity of errors, a madcap romp conducted by countless eccentric and egocentric characters. All the while, they’re capering through a sea of allusions—to music, to the visual arts, and, most of all, to literature. Widely educated readers will be thoroughly amused by Tubach’s concoction, will love to join this bizarre array of men and women and to puzzle through the esoteric hints that appear on nearly every page. –Ann Ronald
Sally Patterson Tubach announces the publication of her second book: The Grande Dame and Hitler’s Twin: A Comedy of Errors
Sally Patterson Tubach’s second novel, The Grande Dame and Hitler’s Twin: A Comedy of Errors was published by Wipf and Stock in late 2020. This speculative tale asks whether a jet-setting Italian dilettante can develop the maturity and expertise to mentor Hitler’s identical twin in the contemporary San Francisco art world and turn him into a success, thereby keeping him out of politics. Bruno De Carlo is joined by a quirky cast of characters whose humorous misunderstandings move the plot forward in its examination of a nature vs. nurture question: how might the world have been different if the Vienna Academy of Arts had admitted Adolf Hitler to art school and helped him become a famous painter?
Sally Tubach is a prose magician in this multi-layered book with comic, tragic, ironic turns, one of the most cleverly crafted I have read in a long while. The narrative. . . holds the most dazzlingly thought-provoking surprises. . . and raises provocative questions of historical relevance. . .. —Antoine Faivre, author of Western Esotericism: A Concise History
“A new novel of this calibre is rare indeed. . . . Tubach is an accomplished storyteller. Her elegant prose–enriched by literary and artistic allusions–is a delight. The plot twists and turns with many an amusing mishap. At the request of the US secret services, a respected pillar of the art world employs his considerable marketing skills to establish Hitler’s twin–whose artistic talent is, like Adolf’s, questionable–as a famous painter who has neither time nor inclination to dabble in politics. This novel is compelling reading: spellbinding, entertaining, uplifting, and a welcome escape from worldly woes.” —Philip Ryan, Nerja, Spain
SURVIVAL: Tales of Pandemic
A CWC anthology published by the High Desert Branch
Congratulations to four Mt. Diablo members who have stories published in this anthology!
Deven Green (Deborah Greenberg)
Lani Longshore (Dual member with Tri-Valley)
ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY:
The idea that writing often puts fears into perspective was the inspiration for SURVIVAL: Tales of Pandemic, the CWC-statewide effort published by the High Desert Branch. Earlier this year, members of every branch of the California Writers Club were challenged to take their concerns about COVID-19 and turn them into fictional short stories. The result is twenty-five original stories from twenty-three authors from across the state. Some are upbeat, some romantic, one or two include humor, and several are just downright scary. Many contain the idea that mankind will triumph, and a few predict that things could be a lot worse. But all the stories are unified by a singular resolve: we are not giving up and we shall prevail.