May 1, 2009Meeting Report

May 17, 2009

Cleo Kocol

Fitzhugh’s Woman

Sixteen of us thoroughly enjoyed Cleo Kocol’s presentation on her new novel, Fitzhugh’s Woman. Cleo read to us carefully selected parts of her work—just enough to pique our interest, but not enough to give away the plot. She augmented her reading with transparencies containing photos of some of the historical characters in the story, as well as a map of Virginia City where most of the action takes place.

Cleo’s weaving of a handful of fictional characters—including the protagonist—into the lives of real people like Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) is a is a powerful storytelling tool. We in the audience showed our interest by peppering the author with questions, and some people even bought copies of the book.

The book, by the way, is available at, where it has a five-star rating. Check it out!

Report prepared by Roger Zabkie, Recorder

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