“Yesterday, President Vladimir Putin authorized the use of Russian troops in Ukraine in defiance of American and international warnings against Russia intervention in Ukraine. By the end of the day, unmarked Russian forces and pro-Russian Ukrainians took control of large parts of Crimea, igniting an international crisis.” Adam Chandler, Russia Prepares for Occupation After Winning Control of Crimea, The Wire, News from the Atlantic (March 2, 2014).
I have written before about my cousin George, the fellow who retired from the State Department and then wrote a book about our grandmother. Today, I am pleased to write about his much, much younger brother, David. Cousin David has been an editor and a journalist during his relatively short adult life. Like his brother George, David is a gifted writer.
David has just completed his first novel entitled Tea in the Crimea. In my hopelessly biased opinion, it is excellent.
He began the novel in March of this year with the Russian invasion. According to David, the novel “tells the story of how everyday people react when 30,000 Russian soldiers pretending not to be 30,000 Russian soldiers invade their country.” Like his father, David has a wry sense of humor. Tea in the Crimea is the “unfolding story of everyone’s favorite Black Sea peninsula.”
Interestingly, the book is published by David using the internet and in a serial form. You can access the piece and the hyperlinked table of contents here. The novel is entirely free. In an e-mail, David explained, “My whole editorial career — 22 years so far — I stuck to the old Samuel Johnson line about writing for money*, but I decided to take a chance on myself. I thought, ‘If not now, when? Get writing on spec, big dummy.’ . . . It feels great.”
*“No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money.” The Samuel Johnson Sound Bite Page, No. 203.
PS I am far older than David. Until the death of his father, my Uncle George (revered by me despite time and distance), I had not seen David since he was a small boy. The California funeral gave me the opportunity to reconnect with David and also to meet his beautiful family.