Caroline Bock-BEFORE MY EYES
Caroline Bock - Author of BEFORE MY EYES and LIE
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Caroline Bock-BEFORE MY EYES

Front Page local weekly!!

Ten years, a blink of the eye, and I am back calling my husband on 9/11....

Calling My Husband on Tuesday, September 11, 2001 
Calling him but no answer on his cell.
He should have been at work, but wasn’t.
He had taken a different route,
dropped off my car at the mechanic,
gone in late,
had to take the train into Penn Station
instead of Brooklyn,
had to push into the subway
downtown, the A,
 always too many people
at the World Trade Center stop--
he hated subways,
too many, in too small and hot and
claustrophobic a box lurching
underground— but then,
he didn’t like heights either.
What everyone remembers is
how blue the sky was.
How perfect the day -- 
cloudless, crisp.
But otherwise an ordinary Tuesday,
oh, a day to vote in the primaries,
still an everyday Tuesday,
except that I couldn’t reach him --
not on his cell, nor in his office.
A regular Tuesday,
except that I was in Long Island,
and on the television,
planes were hitting
the World Trade Center Towers.
I wanted to scream out my office window –-. 

Later, that afternoon,
back home, his black suit,
(which he never wore again),
hung stiff with sweat and
grey with dust,
debris and fear.
He had made it to his downtown
Brooklyn law office just in time,
had the view clear to lower Manhattan,
and the Twin Towers.
That Tuesday morning,
amid the acrid smell of fuel
and plastic and -- everyone who could
was hurtling over the Brooklyn Bridge --
jamming into the last LIRR train
to leave the station -- he could barely
breathe –- nobody knew what was going on;
except, men like him were leaping off the Towers
-- into blue sky.

But he had come home, and others didn’t –-
other husbands, fathers, wives, mothers, sisters, brothers,
cousins, friends, lovers, children— didn’t come home on that
everyday Tuesday in September, a primary day, a day of clear blue skies.

Every September 11 since I say a prayer for him at my side, and another prayer – from the pit of my heart, from the place where things don’t make sense, and never will, a prayer for all those ordinary men and women, who didn’t come home.   

 -- Caroline Bock, 2011    

Bookshelves what do they say about us??

Check out the interview I did for figment, a very good web site, if you are interested in writing, especially writing for young adult, or if you happen to be one.  They asked me to take a picture of my bookshelf... here's the one by my desk.  Maybe I should have organized the books before I took the picture??

Bookshelves and Interview with Figment

SUMMER ENDS...with five stars....

"Review: 5 Stars - LIE by Caroline Bock is an extremely powerful, emotional charged, well written, heart wrenching story that’ll leave you stunned time and time again as you follow along with the characters throughout the novel."   As this blogger stresses an honest review.  Gulp. More at cool blog: http://alifeboundbybooks.blogspot.com/2011/08/review-lie-by-caroline-bock-out-today.html

Now, a new countdown, 24-hours until first grade and 6th grade starts!!   Where did the summer go?  

Author Debuts first Novel Nationwide

Tightly written short feature -- on the AOL local 'Patch' -- on LIE -- kudos to Nicole Murphy(talented young writer!) for crafting.  Story at http://plainview.patch.com/articles/plainview-author-debuts-first-novel-nationwide

GREAT Reviews for LIE

Let there be light!  Electricity back on!! Rush to computer and read reviews:

"...LIE by Caroline Bock is a powerful book that explores hate crimes, the reasons behind them, and how hatred affects our lives..." The Figment Review  

"Whatever preconceived ideas I had about this novels were consummately shattered upon reading five chapters in. I went into this thinking it would be an angst-ridden, emotional tale of one girl’s struggle to balance right and wrong. Perhaps the most valuable lesson Caroline Bock taught me is that there is no simple answer, and one story can have many sides.   Rating A- theirishbanana.blogspot.com

So what happens next?  Waiting and hoping for New York Times, you'd think that LIE would be the kind of book they'd review??

  

LIE is HERE -OUT IN BOOKSTORES TODAY

Earthquakes, hurricanes, power outages... nothing can stop the publication of LIE -- my first novel -- now in bookstores everywhere. 
 
Honestly, it's been quite a week.  LIE has come out to amazing reviews ("Gripping" starred School Library Journal; "Fantastic book discussion read," Stacked; "Unusual and important," starred Kirkus Review). 
 
But that's not all the news from the past week, the east coast had a major earthquake, followed by a Hurricane Irene, followed by major power outages (still no electricity at my house.  I've read three books so far -- more on them in another blog.  Plus, yesterday was the first day of classes at The City College of New York for me -- teaching two lit classes -- and they went on as planned.  Thank the heavens that the local library has power and computer access.  I love the POB library!!  
 
So, if you are stuck without electricity, and need a compelling read, pick up a copy of LIE. 

WAITING FOR HURRICANE TO HIT

So, if you're waiting for the hurricane to hit  and haven't seen LIE:The Book Trailer go check it out!!  LIE -- in stores everywhere-- as a book, as an ebook, on this Tuesday!!

"A fantastic book discussion book" -- STACKED review/Calling all Book Clubs

"...LIE would make for a fantastic book discussion book, as I think that it's relatable and understandable to readers on many levels..." --Stacked (with a great subtitle: Librarians.  Reviews.  Mayhem.)  Wow.  Five more days until LIE publication!!
August 30th! 

If there are any book clubs out there interested in reading LIE and having its author (me) show up to discuss (in person if on Long Island or Westchester County or southern CT, or by phone or Skype anywhere else, drop me an email and we can discuss possibility).

Though,  I think I'm more nervous about my own book club reading LIE than anyone else!!
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