New Release Books by Ken Byerly

Ken Byerly is the author of Inside the Citadel (2013), Mountain Girl (2009), Ghost Dance (2009) and Good Looking Bloke and other stories (2009).

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Inside the Citadel

release date: Apr 06, 2013
Inside the Citadel
Can a Lutheran stockbroker from the Midwest and a Jewish financial headhunter from Great Neck find happiness? Well, maybe, if they climb New York State's biggest mountain together. We're talking Fire Island and the Hamptons and group summer houses and art parties on 57th Street. It's summer, 1972, two new World Trade Center towers reach for the sky and the Dow Jones Industrials bid to top 1000 for the first time. But people are people and problems are problems and Scott Lehmann and Jennifer Cohen encounter their share. Scott pictures himself, in the end, like Gary Cooper in High Noon, flinging his badge to the dust and striding away. But it's not that easy. There's the elusive Jennifer, and the glitter of Wall Street, and the yellow-green, ever-moving translucent numbers...

Mountain Girl

release date: Oct 05, 2009
Mountain Girl
Wade Talbot relishes the chaos of journalism. He starts as editor of weekly newspaper in North Carolina and becomes a reporter in New York just as the civil rights struggles explode into demonstrations across the country. Becky Anderson leaps from her little southern town to college, to New York and then to Europe, where through sheer grit she becomes a force in the movie business. Wade romanticizes his boyhood in the hills of home. Becky, perennially short of money, can’t wait to break away. But something clicks between them. They compete, they quarrel, they savage each other, and one day in the deep, rolling hills of old Virginia they come together. MOUNTAIN GIRL is an inside look at the 1960s Amercian civil rights movement, a gritty travelogue with stops in Paris and an island in the Mediterranean, and a sexual duel in which both partners learn and grow. Becky loses a baby. She and Wade begin to hike the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail. Wade finds, finally, a theme for the novel he wants to write. But at a cost. He walks alone at the end to keep a promise, to climb a special mountain.

Ghost Dance

release date: Aug 27, 2009
Ghost Dance
GHOST DANCE, About the Book Recently divorced, hoping to jumpstart his journalistic career at the prestigious Washington Herald, Kyle Hansen returns to Montana to write a series of articles on the upcoming Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, and on his first day back he meets Ginny Foster, the tall, striking wife of a football coach he hated. Pursue, Kyle thinks, for lust, for revenge, but he has only two weeks. Then five whites assault two Indian kids in a bar and in retaliation the Blackfoot Tribe blockades roads in and out of Glacier Park. Kyles editor, Jack Levanthal, assigns him to stay and cover the story. Kyle wanders haunted battlefields. He seeks a mysterious holy road. He climbs a sacred mountain and alone on its summit performs the legendary ghost dance. He asks to see his dead brother again. Kyles college football teammate, Salmon Thirdkill, school principal on a God forsaken Indian reservation, becomes dangerously involved. Someone masterminds a series of cattle killings. Politicians mangle things. Magnetism propels Kyle and Ginny together. Violence rears. Choices must be made. Sports, Kyle learns, can break your heart.

Good Looking Bloke and other stories

release date: Aug 18, 2009
Good Looking Bloke and other stories
I didn't set out to write about sex, though in some of these stories it does appear that that's what makes the turkey trot. Rather, the beginning was mundane enough. In August, 2008, I discovered two boxes of old letters in the basement of our house in Vermont, letters I received and saved between the ages of 18 and 29. For reasons I can’t explain, these crinkly typed and written pages ignited in me a creative frenzy. I resurrected and rewrote four old short stories and over the next eight months created seven new ones. Have I a favorite? I like them all, but it struck me in my final run-through for this volume that there was only one story, MY FRIEND, in which I did not change a single word. Here they are, hormones and all. Enjoy.
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