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It Was and Was Not So: A novel by Bill Castle

It Was and Was Not So: A novel by Bill Castle
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"It Was and Was Not So: A novel by Bill Castle"
Three year old Billy Calvin, is perhaps one of the youngest narrators in fiction. His obsession with words, his confusions and perceptions give this novel a unique humor and poignancy.
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Item #: 1110
Author: Castle, William
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"One of those rare novels that will linger in the mind and memory long after it has been finished and set back upon the shelf."

 --Micah Andrew, The Midwest Book Review 

Bill Calvin is an old man, daily losing words, forgetting words. That forgetting prompts his preoccupation with his earliest memories. He remembers that baby was his very first word—it is his name well into his toddler years. He is the youngest of six children and the only boy. It’s 1945 and the end of WWII. His father, known to him only from a photo of a handsome soldier wearing an army uniform, is about to enter his life.

Everything changes when his father decides to sell their family home and use the money to buy a meat packing company he works for in rural western Pennsylvania. Three-year-old Billy Calvin narrates these events. Possibly one of the youngest narrators in fiction, his confusions and perceptions give the story a unique humor and poignancy. By the time he is six years old, events thrust Billy into a world outside of his family and his small town. His funny and touching view of that world continues to be framed by his obsession with words. 

It Was and Was Not So, like all stories, is told with words but this story is also about words. It balances precariously between the very first baby talk, and an older person’s loss of words.
From Billy Calvin’s earliest puzzling over what “dead” means to his later-in-life reflections on his real experiences with death—lives lost to aging, to war, the AIDS epidemic and the events of 9/11, this is the story of how language helps us make sense of a lifetime.

Includes 23 questions for book-group discussion. 

(210 pages, paperback, ISBN: 978-1-941688-56-4; 2018)
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