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William "Billy" Dyer
Writer, author, or storyteller - he prefers the latter. He began inventing stories about 22 years ago for his grandchildren. Today, they range in age from “due next month” to 28 years old. His stories are centered on family. The stories he puts on paper are meant to remind the older folks about the past, and tell the younger folks what the past was like. Grandmothers, grandfathers, parents, and young folk are the targets of Bill’s tales. "The Girl on the Balcony" has some content not suitable for youngsters.
He was born in 1936 in Savannah, Ga., and is now retired just a few miles from there. He lived in the south until he was five years old. It was then he started his love affair with the Inwood section of New York City. He lived in Inwood until the age of 17, at which time he became a paratrooper. That filled a dream that was born when he saw the 82nd Airborne march in the Victory Day parade down Fifth Avenue in New York City at the end of World War 2. He has always been proud of the fact, that during his time in uniform, he served with men who jumped into Normandy on D-Day.
He married the girl who lived around the corner, Irene, in 1954. The wedding took place in Inwood, in the same church they received their First Communions and Confirmations, Good Shepherd Church. They had five children and the eleventh grandchild is knocking at the door.
"Oh! Come on in sweetheart. Has Grandpa got a story for you."
on Oct. 02, 2009 :
With this novel, William Dyer has created a story that has the graceful power to root you from the malaise of the human condition. It will do this slowly and lovingly. It makes you feel like a better person for having read it. Dyer effortlessly draws from the fundamental building blocks of our emotional and spiritual lives, to create a story of love that few will ever be lucky enough to experience.
Yet upon reading the final sentence, it leaves the reader believing that it is possible.
This is a deeply emotional and ultimately personal story that brims with the tactical descriptors of two lives and an emotion that, for most of us, evades concise definition, yet seems completely "at home" within the shared life of William and his beloved and cherished "Girl on the Balcony".
(D.Moore Cardiff by the Sea, Ca. 09-02-09)
(reviewed the day of purchase)