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Love in the '60s, how was it impacted by the era?
Peter Golden is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in the Detroit Free Press Magazine, New Jersey Monthly, Microsoft’s eDirections, Beyond Computing, The Forward, and Capital Magazine.
One reviewer said of his new book, Come Back Love, that it resonates with the great experiences typical of a life—love, sorrow, loss, lessons, resolutions. It has been described as “a gorgeous and sentimental love story—at turns hopeful and heart wrenching—about reconnecting with the one love that got away.”
In our interview on Tuesday Peter said the book came out of his experience of writing O Powerful Western Star, a history book about Soviet Jews in Russia.
“It dawned on me as I was writing, this was a place that didn’t exist anymore.” This led him to consider the changes that were happening in the middle of the 20th century. He concluded that the role of women in society was a defining factor.
Come Back Love is about a 50-something man who goes back to find the woman he was in love with in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The story is told from the perspective of Gordon, a man driven by circumstances to review his life and look to connect with a relationship he couldn’t leave in the past.
The book has been described by some readers as romantic fiction, but it’s also a realistic view of a painful time in history. It examines the ways the world was changing and how those changes affected relationships.
The sharp contrasts between Gordon’s idealism and constancy, and Glenna’s frustration, independence and anger express the hard choices forced on a society in flux. Because of birth control women were in a position to make choices, often in conflict with what their partners wanted. Abortion and its consequence, the cold war, and Vietnam combined to have an explosive impact on traditional concepts about love.
Come Back Love is a story of people coming together. It’s about attraction and commitment, idealism and practicality, choices and hope. It’s about believing that against all odds, you can go back.
About the author: Peter Golden grew up in South Orange and Maplewood, New Jersey. In addition to Come Back Love he is the author of six full-length works of non-fiction and fiction. For more information go to petergolden.com. His books are also available by order at Tome on the Range.
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