Monday, September 5, 2022

Off Broadway

Cindy and Dave Knight got married too young. Several years later they are trying to make the best of it. He is a salesman on the fast track with a prestigious corporation. She is the indispensable assistant to a prominent Broadway producer. They own an apartment in Manhattan and enjoy knocking around the city together. However, Dave's erratic behavior and career obsession strain the relationship. Can it be saved?

 my review...

This is a story of the problems and hardships a marriage can go through. It isn’t a self-help book; it’s a story of a couple handling marriage, careers, family interference...well...a little of everything.

Within the first few pages of Off Broadway I had my “fur” up. It isn’t because of what you think. It isn’t the author’s writing style, it ‘s the time period setting. As I describe what I was having a difficult time with, you’ll be able to tell my age. I was set right back into the days of the good old boys at the conference making the smart-ass remarks, cussing, and assuming any man having a drink with a woman is jumping her. You get the picture, or at least if you’re my age and worked in that environment, you will. I was offended. Just like I was back then when it was me in that place. However, I’d like to tell you it wasn’t real life, but it was. Many pieces of this book still are.

Let me expand a little on the author. I’ve read another of his books, As Good As Can Be. It set me back even a little earlier. It also contained some strong language and sexual content as does this one. I feel as if this is his writing style. That’s not a bad thing. The book is never ill-written. It deals with real situations and problems. Maybe even though it’s “just a story”, the author was able to hit upon enough aspects that one of them hit just a little too close to home.    

read an excerpt...

Only a few cars are scattered about the Sandy Hook parking lot when Cindy and Dave get there. After bundling up, they stroll down a path to the beach, where a chill wind sends one white-capped wave after another crashing onto the shore. Foam races across the sand to where a cluster of seagulls waits. The birds appear to shiver as they fluff their feathers with short, jerky motions. “See, even the seagulls are cold,” Cindy complains.

“We’ll warm up once we start walking.”

“I hope so.”

The pair sets off toward North Beach with purposeful strides. Soon they’re breathing heavily from the exertion of powering through the sand. “I wonder where the people in those other cars went,” Cindy pants. She’s gazing at the barren shoreline.

“Guess they’re on the bayside,” Dave says. He looks down as they walk, hoping to spot something in the flotsam along the high-water line. After a while, he finds a starfish.

“Is it alive?” Cindy asks.

“I have no idea, but I’ll throw it back just in case.” Dave hurls the creature into an advancing wave. Then they both turn and quickly resume walking. Neither wants to look back to see if the starfish went out with the tide or washed back up.


about William A. Glass...

Bill is a retired business executive now living in South Carolina with his wife, Bettina.  She teaches high school German while Bill is the soccer coach at a small college.  Their three sons, Alex, Robert, and Gordon have all graduated from college and moved away to pursue careers. Now Bill and Bettina enjoy long walks with their dog, Scout. When the weather permits, Bill commutes on his motorcycle. “It’s like taking a roller coaster to work!” he enthuses.



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  1. It's nice of you to feature my novel on OUR TOWN!

    William Glass

  2. Sounds like a really good story.

  3. The book sounds wonderful. Great cover, too.

  4. Fantastic excerpt, Off Broadway sounds like a book that I will enjoy reading and I am looking forward to it!

    Thanks, Our Town Book Reviews, for sharing your review!

    Have a terrific day!

  5. Will be interesting to see how the marriage turns out. Sounds interesting.

  6. I’m rooting for them! Eager to find out if they worked it all out


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