Saturday, March 23, 2013

"A Time to Cast Away Stones," by Elise Frances Miller

Elise Frances Miller’s novel, set in Berkeley and Paris in 1968, is earning rave reviews from readers of all generations for its authentic rendition of those days of love and revolution. A love story filled with action, humor and intrigue, it is also a beautifully-written eye-witness account.

Janet Magill, a shy, straight-arrow Berkeley freshman, has compelling reasons to join the antiwar movement. Janet’s brother has been shipped off to Vietnam, and Aaron Becker, her childhood sweetheart, might well be next.

When Janet’s parents banish her from Berkeley to what they expect will be a safe, idyllic springtime in Paris, she runs headlong into the 1968 May Revolution and along the way, falls in love with a secretive Czech dissident. Far from the City of Light, Aaron makes plans to evade the draft and join Janet, but loses contact as her “safe” year abroad turns into a dangerous coming of age.

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A Time to Cast Away Stones, by Elise Frances Miller


“How fabulous that Elise Frances Miller kills the sacred cow of the 1960s, that all American youth were revolutionaries at heart. Instead, most were like her, ordinary college students so frightened by current events they became extraordinary in learning to separate right from wrong in a political climate steeped in greed and lies. Marvelous! -- Martha Engber, author of The Wind Thief and Growing Great Characters from the Ground Up


Janet Magill’s brother has been shipped off to Vietnam, and Aaron Becker, her childhood sweetheart, might well be next. When Janet’s parents banish her from the Berkeley protests to what they expect will be a safe, idyllic springtime in Paris, she runs headlong into the 1968 May Revolution and falls in love with a secretive Czech dissident. Far from the City of Light, Aaron makes plans to evade the draft and join her, but loses contact as her "safe" year abroad turns into a dangerous coming of age.


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Meet the Author

Welcome to Elise Frances Miller's author page! Learn more about A Time to Cast Away Stones, Elise's new novel about love and revolution in Berkeley and Paris, 1968, at www.elisefmiller.com!

With her art history degrees from UC Berkeley and UCLA, Elise began writing as an art critic and reviewer for several well known publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Art News, The Reader, and San Diego Magazine, for which she wrote a monthly column. Two of her short stories have been published in The Sand Hill Review (2007, 2010), for which she served as guest fiction editor in 2008. These were included in the SHR's tenth anniversary publication, The Best of Sand Hill Review (2012). In addition, a chapter of A Time to Cast Away Stones was selected for inclusion in the 2010 literary journal, Fault Zone,Words from the Edge, and her short story, "Playing with the Rules," was published in Fault Zone: Stepping Up to the Edge in 2012.

In 1998, she and her husband moved from San Diego to the San Francisco Bay Area, where she enjoys the region's literary opportunities and her memberships in the San Francisco Writers Workshop and the California Writers Club, San Francisco Peninsula Branch.

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