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The misty sea spray caressing Catherine's face portends the unclear path ahead as she contemplates the beginning of her new life in California. Her ten-year journey will include a new relationship, a trek to the highest summit in the contiguous United States, and a poignant hospice experience that will challenge her to rise from the ashes of despair.

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Paperback, 337 pages
Published April 21st 2017 by Mountain Literary
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Sohini De
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
For me, The ways of Autumn is a 'coming of age' story. I refrain to align with the regular belief, and feel, that it is the experience of life that decides when a person is coming of age. In this book, William introduces us to protagonist Catherine aka Kat, and with her, we embark on a long journey of ten years, her ups and downs, realizations and finally, the choices she makes.
Catherine leaves her job at Boston and decides to take an offer in Los Angeles. On her way from Boston, she decides to
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Stephen R.
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a ‘coming of age’ story. Despite not resonating with the belief portrayed in the book that life experiences decide when a person comes of age, I still enjoyed the development of the story. The character of Catherine is very realistic and you will feel like you know her personally by the time you get to the last page of the book. I particularly enjoyed how the author narrated the recollection of Catherine’s past life with a detailed description of the serenity of the town she left behind. ...more
Valery
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Ways of Autumn by William Graney showcases the author's gentle take on writing. The book starts out rather slow, but the developing story about Catherine is thoughtful and engrossing. This is not a true coming of age story, but for Catherine, her life and personal story changes radically when she moves to California. After selling her company back East, she ventures forth to create a new life for herself, finding love along the way, and a better understanding of the human condition, and the ...more
Douglas Graney
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bill Graney has written another creative, page-turning book. Interesting characters you’ll be rooting for with dashes of astronomy, love and loss in the mix. Highly recommended.
Anony Mouse
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Catherine (Kat for short) is always on the lookout for adventures. First she goes to Las Vegas to become a dancer there, then she moves from the East coast to California for a better opportunity, and then she befriends great people who help her with her bouts with loneliness. Kat carves out a business for herself that makes her financially independent and successful. One of her new friends, Rhonda joins her for numerous nights of movies and dinner at Catherine’s place, then they frequent a local ...more
Pegboard
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Autumn is a time of beautiful, magical transformation, but also a time of death to the leaves that will soon cover the ground. Likewise, The Ways of Autumn by William Graney rotates between the life of a wealthy, retired woman Catherine (Kat) and a boy/teenager Kenny. Their lives change and they face success and times of defeat. Kat has vowed she would leave California and return to the East coast in the autumn, though her boyfriend, Keith, doubts she will leave him. Kenny has Nicole and a love ...more
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May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The blended narrative of Catherine and Kenny’s stories make for quite an interesting novel that after a while I did find myself utterly immersed in. The early story was a little slow for my taste but once I settled into the book I found it very enjoyable. Catherine’s character especially was very layered and I found myself wanting to know more and more about her.

Graney’s writing is very eloquent and scenes were described with brush-stroke ease painting a beautiful background. I’d definitely cla
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