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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.
~ 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'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.