Emprimo Releases Third Book in Newtonberg Series
Jacksonville-based author David Emprimo has released the third book in his “Newtonberg Stories” series. The newest book, “Back to Newtonberg,” is available in print and e-book editions.
“Home is where the heart is” isn’t just a proverbial saying. Like his fictional creation Mike Baldridge, Jacksonville librarian David Emprimo has come to believe it.
“Your hometown isn’t necessarily where you were born,” he says. “That’s true for some people, and that’s great, but home to me is where you feel part of the community. For Mike, that’s Newtonberg.”
In “All That Remains,” the second book in Emprimo’s “Newtonberg Stories” series, Mike was presented with a manuscript that told the story of family, friendship and first love in post-WWII Newtonberg. At the end of the book, readers were left wondering what happened to one former resident, a story that is told in “Back to Newtonberg.”
“I received – well, not complaints, exactly, but some comments that the last book didn’t have closure,” says Emprimo. “It’s been over 20 years since I wrote the original story that became “All That Remains,” and it ended on a similar note. So I didn’t intend to follow up on that storyline when I wrote the ending. Continuing the storyline in the new book was just as much a surprise to me as it was to everyone else.”
In “Back to Newtonberg,” a mysterious stranger arrives in Newtonberg, seeking information about that same individual from “All That Remains.” Mike and his best friend Janet Carmichael attempt to help her, and in so doing delve deeper into the history of Newtonberg – and into Mike’s own hidden past.
As for what is next for Emprimo, he said, “I’m not sure. Maybe something different. This is certainly not the last time I’ll visit Newtonberg, but it’s the end of this particular story. It’s taken me over 20 years to tell it, and I think I finally did it justice with this book.”
All titles in the “Newtonberg Stories” series are available as e-books through SmashWords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online retailers. Print versions are available from CreateSpace and Amazon, Barnes & Noble and for special order through most booksellers.
For more information about the series and Emprimo, visit the official “Welcome to Newtonberg” blog at Newtonberg.wordpress.com.