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Al Walentis, a recovering journalist, is an author, educator, instigator, and wag. He worked in the newspaper industry for more than 30 years as a reporter, feature writer, entertainment editor, film review, design editor, online editor, and multimedia web projects coordinator. He currently teaches writing and film studies at Reading Area Community College.
His novel, "Jerry Quarry Died for Our Sins," released exclusively on Amazon in October 2017, is a tale of boxing, time travel, multiverses, quantum physics, love, loss, pain, redemption, and how you may think you are through with the past, but the past is never through with you.
About the novel:
On June 17, 1970, Jerry Quarry, the most popular fighter on the planet, knocked out unbeaten Mac Foster in Madison Square Garden. Before the main event, 15,951 fans and more than a dozen champions celebrated Jack Dempsey’s 75th birthday. But other things happened that night.
In the not-too-distant future, scientific breakthroughs allow a flamboyant boxing promoter to bring together “genetic holograms” of the sixteen greatest heavyweights in history, fighting on what was the best day of their careers to crown the Heavyweight Champion of the Multiverse. There’s just one glitch. Jack Dempsey can’t be found, and a former Golden Gloves fighter must rescue the tournament by revisiting events from the pivotal night of his life, a night that has haunted him for decades. Spanning 65 years across parallel worlds, “Jerry Quarry Died for Our Sins” is a postmodern genre-blender that poses a primal question many of us have asked ourselves: If we could journey to the past and change just one thing, what would that one thing be?
Spanning 65 years across parallel worlds, “Jerry Quarry Died For Our Sins” is a postmodern genre-blender that poses a primal question many of us have asked ourselves: If we could journey to the past and change one thing, what would that one thing be?
Al's prior works include “The Secret World of Jon and Kate: The Stupidest Story in the History of the Universe and the People Who Covered It.” The book is an insider's account of the crazy summer and fall of 2009, when the Gosselins became the hottest tabloid celebrities in America and Al covered the bizarre story for Us Weekly magazine.