"There and Back Again" is here
My novel "There and Back Again," about a journalist who is brutalized and traumatized while on foreign assignment and then exiles herself in search of physical and spiritual reclamation, is now available via both its publisher, Lulu.com, and amazon.com. E-version of the book should be available, too, in a week or so.
One of the things that makes this book personally exciting is that it also pays homage to journalism the way it once was. The story is set in 1998, a time when newspapers were still relevant, the internet had not completely taken over the media landscape, the so-called reporter's instinct was invaluable, and social media did not yet exist. My two principal characters -- the aforementioned reporter who vanishes, and the old pro journalist who sets out in search of her -- are inspired by the kinds of reporters -- and people -- who I either learned from in my salad days in the business or I admired from afar, for their commitment, their passion, their guts.
I hope you'll read "There and Back Again," whether you have journalism in your soul or not.
David L. Coddon is theater critic for San Diego CityBeat