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April Smith

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Here's the down and dirty: grew up in the Bronx, went to college in Boston, graduate school in California, back to Cambridge to write a first failed novel and learn how the world works by writing ad copy,west to Los Angeles in 1976 for a career writing and producing TV, until the writer's strike of 1988 when I wrote my first novel on spec, North of Montana. Two wonderful grown children and the best husband in the world, now of 34 years. Stable enough on the outside but take away swimming, writing, hiking, yakking with girlfriends, pet pooches, chocolate chip cookies (the gooey kind), British TV series and grapefruit Martinis -- well, don't.

Fannie Flagg says, "You'll never forget" this moving story about five American women -- Gold Star Mothers -- who travel to France in 1931 to visit the graves of their sons who died during WW1.

Nelson DeMille says, "A labor of love that shows on every page . . . Everyone in the military and all their friends should read this book."

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Published on December 04, 2013 20:09 • 117 views • Tags: france, historical-fiction, literary-fiction, maine, military-history, the-depression, war-mothers, women-s-fiction, wwi
Average rating: 3.46 · 2,028 ratings · 434 reviews · 11 distinct works · Similar authors
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Be the One
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Didn't finish this one. Very smart writing but the theoretical arguments were too shrill for my ears.
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date: January 14, 2014 07:00AM
location: Diesel, A Bookstore, Brentwood , 225 26th Street, Brentwood, CA, The United States
description: Launch party for April Smith's new novel of historical fiction, A STAR FOR MRS. BLAKE.
The story of one woman's journey in 1931 from a small town in Maine to Meuse-Argonne, France to see the grave of her son killed in WWI. Based on the American Gold Star Mothers pilgrimages of the 1930's.

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Jill Lovely to meet you, April, and thank you for your friendship.

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April Smith Hi Beth! Thanks for the welcome. I'm just getting into Goodreads, but it seems a great place.

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Beth Hi April,
Thanks for sending a Goodreads friend request to this fellow Western mystery author!

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