Adirondack Summer, 1969

Alan Robert Proctor’s historical novel, Adirondack Summer, 1969, is now available from Westphalia Press, Amazon or Kindle.

For nearly two decades, Deidre Cravitz has managed a fine arts summer camp for creative children in the heart of upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains. As the 1969 summer camp season approaches, however, Deidre dies in a car accident. Grief stricken, her husband, Myron, can’t bring himself to cancel his wife’s summer passion despite his ignorance of camp supervision and the impending arrival of 80 children. Set during the height of the Vietnam War, the moon landing and racial tensions, Adirondack Summer, 1969 is a tale of obsession and its consequences: love found, love lost, lust, revenge, homicide and renewal. 

Advance Praise includes:

“I’m a big believer in good first lines to novels, and Alan Proctor grabs you from the first sentence.” Frank Higgins, playwright, author of Black Pearl Sings.

“…It’s a poignant, playful, intensely imagined book, written with grace and good humor and the kind of sentences all writers ache to produce. Highly recommended…” Brian Shawver, author of Aftermath and The Language of Fiction.

“This jewel of a novel…reminds readers of the vulnerability and gifts of summer…” Denise Low, 2007-2009 Poet Laureate of Kansas, author of Melange Block and Jackalope.

“Alan Proctor’s Adirondack Summer, 1969, is a meditation on grief and loss, told with the verve of a John Irving novel. Proctor’s vivid sense of place makes the novel’s setting – an arts camp in the Adirondacks – a character in its own right. His cast, led by Deidre and Myron Cravitz, weave a gorgeous, often comic, tapestry of their delusions, loves and dreams. Any reader booking a cabin at Camp Cravitz should prepare to be moved and entertained.” Whitney Terrell, author of The Good Lieutenant. 

AS1969 Best Cover copy