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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Growing Up Dark
All of us have a dark secret or two from our past…our childhood…our early adult years. Some of us have yet to garner new ones. Even I have a few skeletons in my closet – figuratively speaking, of course – a few painful memories while coming of age back in the day. Not any of them, of course, to be revealed here, but on this particularly rainy day, perhaps briefly reflected upon within…some things I wish I did or did not do…things I wish could be undone. But would that really change anything?

A stunning first novel, My Sunshine Away, by M. O. Walsh, deals with painful and no so painful memories of a teenage boy growing up in Baton Rouge Louisiana. The main protagonist has a dark secret he is now compelled to reveal. Finding the need to write about a most profound coming-of-age experience that has had profound effects upon his later life, the narrator delves into the dark side of (wo)mankind’s nature and comes up strong on the lighter edge of his reader’s introspection.

It’s a different kind of novel. I am not sure what genre to categorize it in except to say it totally took me out of my own guarded comfort zone…and brought back a few childhood memories that I greatly overly fictionalized in my own debut novel, Forty-Thirty. But there the similarities stop.

Curious? Then please take the time to read my review on www.authorexposure.com. You might wish to ponder picking up a copy of Walsh’s novel. You might also find yourself reminiscing. You needn’t worry, though. Like the novel’s hero, all can be forgiven. 

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June J. McInerney, the host of this Literary Blog, is an author, poet, and librettist. Her currently published works include a novel, a book of spiritual inspirations, two volumes of poetry, stories for children (of all ages) and a variety of children's musicals. Her titles include:
Miss Elmira's Secret Treasure: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
Colonial Theatre: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Roarin' 20s 
Phoenix Hose, Hook & Ladder: A Novel of Phoenixville during World War I
Columbia Hotel: A Novel of Phoenixville during the Early 1900s
the Schuylkill Monster: A Novel of Phoenixville in 1978
The Prisoner's Portrait: A Novel of Phoenxville during World War II
Rainbow in the Sky
Meditations for New Members

Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont
The Basset Chronicles.
Cats of Nine Tales
Spinach Water: A Collection of Poems
Exodus Ending: A Collection of More Spiritual Poems

We Three Kings

Beauty and the Beast


Noah's Rainbow

Peter, Wolf, and Red Riding Hood



Originally from the New York metropolitan area, June currently lives near Valley Forge Park in Pennsylvania with her constant and loving companions, FrankieBernard and Sebastian Cat. She is currently working on her sixth novel.

June's novels can be purchased at amazon.com, through Barnes and Noble,
at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area,
the Gateway Pharmacy in Phoenixvile, PA

For more information about her musicals, which are also available on amazon.com,