Penina’s Letters & other books

Penina has been living in Refugio, savoring and saving Salty’s many letters, waiting for him to come home from the war. She’s living in one of the beach cities along Santa Monica Bay, a fictionalized beach town named Refugio squeezed in between El Porto and Grand Avenue. The town of Refugio replaces the iconic towers and power plant between the water and the dunes of El Segundo. The novel becomes Salty’s last letter to Penina.

“All the fuss and hullabaloo, and a war just peters off. But none of that matters here. This isn’t going to be about the war. I don’t have any gory stories, nothing painting war as hell. Hell is an ocean with no waves. This is going to be about surfing and how I paddled out to live on the water after throwing Penina’s letters off the end of the Refugio jetty.”

Draft segments of “Penina’s Letters” appeared in The Boulevard (Summer 2012), a publication of the Attic Institute of Arts and Letters. Parts of the “How to Surf” chapter appeared in different form on Berfrois in April 2016. Another segment appeared in Cosmopolitan Hotel Cairo in April 2016.

Penina and Salty return to Refugio, the fictional beach town on Santa Monica Bay, in “Coconut Oil,” a sequel to “Penina’s Letters.” Forty years have passed since the close of “Penina’s Letters,” and Salty is again our first person narrator, and “Coconut Oil” continues an experimental narrative form – as Sal hands the mic off to several other characters and we are brought up to date on Refugio. The themes of “Coconut Oil” include aging, housing and homelessness, gentrification, and how we occupy ourselves over time.

“Scamble and Cramble: Two Hep Cats and Other Tall Tales” is a children’s book for all ages. Common keyboard signs and punctuation marks become characters. Scamble and Cramble are two cats observing, interpreting, and commenting on daily events.

“Saltwort” is a collection of selected poetical writings from 1967 thru 2017. Fictional forward by Salvador Persequi, the narrator of “Penina’s Letters.” Includes 109 pieces.

Alma Lolloon is writing a book about her five husbands, and she reads installments of her work in progress to her surprised knitting group. The group’s boisterous feedback influences Alma’s writing as she tells her story from childhood to old age, improvising to find her pitch and style.

“end tatters” collects short essays, fiction, and poems. New and Collected Writing.

A few sample pages and book covers follow:

Three Novels:
Penina’s Letters,
Coconut Oil,
and Alma Lolloon.

And For Children of all ages:
Scamble and Cramble: Two Hep Cats and Other Tall Tales

(with an introduction by Salvador Persequi)

Short Essays, Fiction, and Poetry:
end tatters