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ISBN: 978-1-940222-66-0

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Just Follow Me

by Donald Capone

Early December, 1980.

Angela Girardi, a nineteen-year-old college student, travels to Manhattan to seek out John Lennon and hand-deliver her mother's unopened suicide note, which had been mysteriously addressed to the ex-Beatle. Angela wants to honor her mother and accomplish this last task for her; only then will Angela allow herself to grieve and move on with her life, In her quest to find Lennon, though, she discovers herself, as circumstances on the night of December 8th change the course of her life forever.

Praise for Just Follow Me

This is a truly engaging and moving book. We follow the heartbroken and confused Angela as she makes a pilgrimage to Manhattan to deliver a letter to her idol, John Lennon. Tricky part of it is, it's not just a letter, it's an unopened suicide note left by her own mother just one week ago. Even trickier, Angela undertakes this journey in early December 1980. It's a great, intriguing hook, but what really sucked me in were the characters. Angela makes the trip with her somewhat-boyfriend, Tommy, and this is as much a coming-of-age story as it is a historical snapshot of a heartbreaking day for millions of fans. Capone does a great job of switching points of view from Angela, to a very creepy guy calling himself Holden, and even sometimes snapping back to Angela's mom, and a more-current narrative by Angela. Sounds confusing, but it reads particularly well. I fell in love with Angela, but could also feel the building dread as things mounted to the inexorable climax. It's just a really great story, and you don't have to be a Lennon-lover to enjoy it, though Beatles fans will particularly connect with the loving details.
      ~ susan_d on Amazon.com

This is a skillfully crafted story about a young woman, Angela Girardi, who is trying to comprehend the suicide of her mother. The mother has left a sealed note for Angela to deliver to John Lennon at his Dakota residence.
      We know, of course, that John Lennon is never going to get the note. And we know from the prologue that somehow it all works out for Angela. But how? The inevitability of Lennonís murder provides a tense backdrop for Angelaís journey. Capone captures the era—the Iran hostage crisis, the decrepitude of Times Square, ďdirty movies,Ē and an era when it was still possible for a famous Beatle to walk the streets of New York City without hassle. Well I guess it was the end of that era.
      Itís a great story, well-told. A suspenseful page-turner because even though we know how it is going to end, we donít really know.
      Highly recommended.
      ~ Len Joy on Amazon.com

From the Author:

Essentially, I consider this novel a love letter to the famous musician—from my characters and from myself. Though my characters run into the killer several times, I never mention his real name (I'm old school like that, I don't want to give him the fame). Though the book isn't necessarily "about" Lennon, it is about his art, and how it meant so much to my lead character and her mother. Art can mean so much to so many, especially "All the lonely people," as Paul sang, and Angela surely was lonely.

Donald Capone

Donald Capone's stories have appeared in Word Riot, Weekly Reader's Read magazine, Thieves Jargon, as well as the anthologies Sudden Flash Youth; The Westchester Review (2014 & 2013); See You Next Tuesday; Skive Quarterly 6; The Ampersand, Volume 4; Ten Modern Short Stories 2010; and Rebellion: New Voices of Fiction, which he also edited, and which was a finalist in the 2006 USA Book News awards. His first novel, Into the Sunset, was published in 2007.

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