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Trade Paperback 6x9" 336 p
Retail $15.95
ISBN  97809655702-6-8

Passage of the Kissing People

Peter Kahle
Stolen and Lost:
THE KISSING PEOPLE, an heirloom silver brooch
Mama Marossi's good luck charm is stolen by seven-year-old Michael Kohler, who adores her and her family, especially her daughter Gisella. The brooch is lost when Michael flees the Sonoma Valley.
In this lyrical tale of memory, a fifty-year-old artist's past leads to a romantic mystery in his present. In 1953, the death of an inmate from the Sonoma State Home for the Feeble Minded causes young Michale to call his father a liar. The phrase "Are you scared to learn the goddamned truth?" echos between them for forty years, the nuclear weapon in their family language. It is by turns a challenge to authority, a demand for justice, a plea for love, and an offer of reconciliation.
In 1996, Michael is challenged by an anonymous email. He must return to Sonoma to face his childhood love Gisella, and the surviving members of the family from whom he stole the silver brooch. To gain forgiveness for his dying father and himself, he must find The long-lost Kissing People.

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Deft, Sensual descriptions and the layering of past over present weave a delicate sadness and wonder into its tone. Realistic endearing characters. Rendered with a sure rhythm, this piece evokes longing, regret, and the sacredness and terrible power of our earliest experiences.
Phoebe Kitanidis, author of Whisper
Once I picked up Passage of the Kissing People I could hardly put it down. It's a wonderful coming of age story with strong quirky characters and a rich, authentic sense of time and place that stayed with me for a long time. I am hoping for a sequel.
Kent Sturgis, Epicenter Press
Who knew a childhood in a mental institution could be so sweet, funny and heartwarming? California's more pastoral past anchors this tale of love, family secrets and journeys home.
Rosemary Jones, author of City of the Dead

Passage of the Kissing People is the story of two young families in the years immediately following world War II. Neighborliness, terrible secrets and tragedy become the glue of lasting friendships. Peter Kahle's seemingly simple narrative, set in the gentleness of Sonoma County's Valley of the Moon and the harshness of the State Home for the Feeble Minded, morphs quickly into a search for truth laced with tragedy, redemption and love.
Evelyn Gibb, author of Two Wheels North


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