Saturday, April 2, 2011

Candles in the Window - Karl Larew

Candles in the Window is a nostalgic, but more a psychological, look at the sex/love lives of college students in the 1950s. A small group of students forms an artificial "family" centered on a beautiful, talented, yet enigmatic girl nicknamed "Silky." A priest with homosexual urges provides a counterpoint to the students' story. This book is a revision of the 1999 edition, with minor corrections and changes.


Karl G. Larew, B.A. 1959, University of Connecticut; Ph.D., Yale University, 1964; sometime civilian historian with the US Army and part-time history professor; uniformed service as US Army Intelligence officer 1964-66. On the faculty of Towson University, Maryland, 1966-present (semi-retired since 2005); specializing in military history and philosophy of history. Author of many articles, reviews, and encyclopedia entries, mostly in military history, especially WWII. Author of six novels, all on sale as ebooks or paperback; author of a number of published poems and one short story and a genealogy of the Larew family. Lives in southern Pennsylvania with his wife and cat.

What will readers like about your book? 

For some, this novel about college life in the 1950s (at the University of Connecticut) will provoke nostalgia. But it is really a book about sex/love life seen primarily from a psychological, albeit fictional, perspective; so it will appear to those interested in the psychology of a past generation of young adults.

Why did you self publish? 

After many tries (and despite much praise for my book), I failed to find more than one agent who was willing to handle my book, and she did not make a sale. Because of the praise, I felt that my book deserved a chance even if it is too low-key to attract those interested in conventional "romance" novels.

Who are your favorite authors in your genre? 

Lawrence Durrell, author of the Alexandria Quartet, is the runaway favorite all time. In ebooks, I've recently enjoyed Lyn Alexander, TheEnglish General and A Good Soldier.


Candles in the Window is available Amazon in paperback from and as an eBook from Kindle and (with different cover art) Smashwords and Nook.

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