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Bobby Trivette's Grave

Family, mystery, love…

and grief.

Salt of Patriots

Salt of Patriots will haunt you…

In Euphoria

Opens in the wake of a freak hurricane…

Reviews

Donna Vitucci Writes With great Authenticity

Donna Vitucci writes with great authenticity and knowledge about a fascinating time and place in U.S. history that readers will find compelling and relevant. Vitucci’s prose is delicate and exquisitely detailed. She weaves a captivating, original, and sweeping tale of love, truth, and politics.

– Janice Eidus, author of The Last Jewish Virgin and The War of the Rosens

Salt of Patriots will Hunt You...

Stunning images in Donna D. Vitucci’s compelling novel Salt of Patriots will haunt you–a flock of starlings falls dead while flying through toxic smoke, a drinking hose shoots foul liquid at a child’s feet, a man climbs a silo to be closer to the sky. For the families employed at this historical and ominous 1950’s atomic plant, we worry every inch of the way, and not just because of the dangerous work, but because Vitucci has created men, women and children who we care about intensely.  We root for them in life and love, and we are heartbroken when they can’t, and won’t, shy from their duties.

– Ann Joslin Williams, author of Down From Cascom Mountain and The Woman in the Woods.

At Bobby Trivette’s Grave is a story to savor and...

A young couple argue and break up, triggering a chain of events that will transform two families.  Donna Vitucci’s debut novel tackles a vital human question:  How do we prevail when the weight of loss and regret threatens to drag us under?  Vitucci’s writing is compassionate and wise.  At Bobby Trivette’s Grave is a story to savor and, finally, be heartened by.

—David Long, author of The Falling Boy and The Inhabited World

Donna Vitucci shines a spotlight on the Department of Energy in the 1950s

Donna Vitucci shines a spotlight on the Department of Energy in the 1950s, asking the subversive question—what if there had been an atomic plant in Our Town? She is a voice of reason for these troubled times, capturing the lives of working stiffs and their attempts to secure some kind of normalcy for their families as the daily grind at the plant poisons their lives and everything round them.

–Richard Peabody, author of Blue Suburban Skies

Salt of Patriots is a marvelous and often unsettling novel

Donna Vitucci has written an exceptional tale about life-giving dreams and deadly secrets, about patriotism and the exploitation of workers set in and around a uranium processing plant in Ohio in the 1950s. Salt of Patriots is a marvelous and often unsettling novel full of honesty, heart, and grace. It’s both seductive and harrowing. Accidents happen. Families fall apart. Decent and honorable men are fed a diet of toxic lies. Here is the story of the beginning of the end of American post-war age of innocence.

—John Dufresne, author of I Don’t Like Where This Is Going

Book Review: At Bobby Trivette's Grave

A tale of teenage love and loss, this week’s feature explores small-town life in the Midwest and a family navigating through it. A tragic accident takes the life of Dru Ann’s love, and her spiral of grief trickles into the lives of everyone around her. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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May 26, 2017

Review In Euphoria

From its opening paragraph, In Euphoria shows we are reading an extremely gifted, lyrical writer, but what ultimately makes this novel so compelling is Pauline, a woman whose narcissistic desires and compulsions wreak havoc on the lives of the men who fall under her spell. She is a singular character.  Donna Vitucci is a writer deserving of a wide and appreciative audience.

– Ron Rash

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Contemplari

- James Dickey

There is no whole truth, but this is what we have,

And it goes on

Beyond impact, beyond reach, beyond recall…

- Stanley Kunitz

The thing that eats the heart is mostly the heart.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We dress our garden, eat our dinners, discuss the household with our wives, and these things make no impression, are forgotten next week; but in the solitude to which every man is always returning, he has a sanity and revelation, which in his passage into new worlds he will carry. Never mind the ridicule, never mind the defeat: up again, old heart.

- Source Unknown, and quote unfinished

Science, seeking confirmation, proof and objective testing, cannot avail itself of this cardinal human loneliness, but literature can. And this with language that is always failing, and stumbling, break…

- Seamus Heaney

At a certain age, the light that you live in is inhabited by the shades…I’m very conscious that people dear to me are alive in my imagination…These people are with me. It’s just a stage of your life when the death of people doesn’t banish them out of your consciousness, They’re part of the light in your head.

- Ann Hood

You are lucky you are a writer because you will sort through this in ways other souls cannot; the bad part is you feel and see all of this in ways non-writers don’t.

- Yehuda Amichai, translated from Hebrew by Chana Block & Chana Kronfeld

That’s the way to live: to stick your hand into the infinite outside of the world, turn the outside inside out, the world into a room and God into a little soul inside the infinite body.

- Rodney Jones

Nothing survives that hasn’t been lovingly scarred in the brain or dented by the human voice.

- William Faulkner

I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget now and then for a moment and not spend all your breath trying to conquer it.

- Joan Acocella

The father returns, the boy (now a man) is allowed to open the red box. We get to touch. But with this reassurance come mystery, illumination, hair-on-end chills—experiences that, however distant from comfort and justice, are still things that we want from stories.

- Anthony Lane

Bad dreams are a model of clarity, and…their mad anti-logic makes horrific good sense.

- Bernhard W. Anderson

Saga is able to communicate to us out of the past history as experienced, the internal meaning of events and happenings. And if the deepest meaning of man’s life is his relation to God, saga and poetry are exceedingly more important ways of telling history.

- W.Eugene Smith

There is no community without loneliness. Man carries his loneliness within him.

- Time prospectus

It is important to know what they drink. It is more important to know to what gods they pray and what kind of fights they love.

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