I was there in 1970 when most of Marshall University's football team perished in a plane crash. Although many years have passed, there are still a multitude of stories that have yet to be told. "November Ever After" takes you there. This memoir goes beyond the night of the tragedy. It provides an intimate look at those who were left behind -- the real story as told by the folks who were actually there. Feel free to contact the author at email@example.com
Anticipation: 'This is a story whose time has come'
Ever since I first learned of your book -- November Ever After -- a few weeks ago, I've been anxiously awaiting its release. I've long suspected that the story of the MarshallUniversity plane crash and its effect on those connected to the tragedy is far more elaborate and nuanced than the current narrative portrayed by major media and Hollywood.
For example, I would like to learn more about the racial tension and volatility on the Marshall campus prior to the crash, and the role the disaster played in unifying the student body through the grieving and rebuilding processes. Also, given the rather cursory treatment of evangelist Ed Carter's full story in the popular media, I especially relish the opportunity to further explore the impact the incident had on both his personal life and his decision to become an evangelist. (He would later establish Death Unto Life Ministries.)
Another interesting aspect for the book to examine is the short- and long-term effects the crash had on a community (Huntington, West Virginia) that lost so many of its prominent citizens.
On a final note, I hope your book will provide a glimpse into the interview process you undertook in creating this work. As a reader, it would be interesting to enter—in some small measure—the cathartic experience of discussing poignant memories that have been locked away for some four decades, and to better understand the sense of release that often comes with relating some of life's most challenging ordeals with someone who can truly empathize.
Again, I am highly excited about your project. This is a story whose time has come, and I can hardly wait for the opportunity to explore new angles of this multifaceted telling of how triumph overcame tragedy.