Elise Frances Miller on a Mission to Spread Historical Truth about 1968
“Why did the myth persist that our entire generation was deliberately and confidently revolutionary?” –from the Prologue, A Time to Cast Away Stones, published this June by Sand Hill Review Press
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) October 29, 2012
Following the November election, Elise Frances Miller takes her well-researched, version of the late 1960s on the road. “I'll be talking to history clubs and classes, as well as service and book clubs. Small groups, where I can stress the detailed authenticity of A Time to Cast Away Stones. This historical novel looks back at Berkeley and Paris as she experienced them in that pivotal year of 1968 in from a unique perspective. Miller has not seen her memories of the “real” people and events she remembers described by the media over the decades. Her novel is her way of setting the record straight about her generation.
"We were not all unwashed hippies, commies or druggies,” she says. “In creating Janet and Aaron, I wanted to get past the stereotypes. We were just kids trying to make good grades and find a boyfriend or a girlfriend. And yet—we were caught up in the war, new ideas and new freedoms. All these touched our lives." Miller's meticulous research, besides including the bibliography in the Reader's Guide at the back of the book, included original source material, such as issues of the Daily Cal, the Berkeley Barb, pamphlets and posters, and her own copious collection of letters from that era.
“I consider myself a historian with a story to tell,” Miller says, “but speaking with groups, especially people who remember as I do, has also felt like a bit of a vindication.”
She points to an email she received just this week from Linda Fraley of San Diego. “She was more than happy to give me permission to use her name. She wrote, ‘I am dancing 'round the house reading it to my husband and mother-in-law. I am a Class of '72 retired pediatrician who has spent my whole exile away from Sonoma County defending the flagship campus of the University of California...I have always wanted to write a rebuttal to the myths of the sixties at Berkeley. I hate the Eastern critics take on this decade and our campus...Thanks for publishing.'”
A Time to Cast Away Stones is a love story, full of humor, action and intrigue. But in addition, when readers follow Janet and Aaron and their friends coping with events, it's easy to trace today's political issues and our current social polarization. Miller has presented a new view for today's young international generation— a community struggling worldwide, the 99% seeking parity among people, civility in politics, peace among nations, and economic and environmental justice. Miller's version of events turns out to be an incredibly stimulating story, and much more satisfying than painting the era in psychedelic colors.
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