It tells concurrent stories of two families—unwittingly related—and two eras. It goes like this: At the brink of the first Gulf War, 18-year-old Brock dreads his sister's deployment in the Gulf while he seeks answers for twin brothers lost to Vietnam. Instead, he discovers his father's secret about dodging World War II and a legendary family Civil War hero is exposed as no more than a deserter. The parallel story deals with Grace—born of the rape of her mother by that same Yankee deserter—and her family's journey through the South's Reconstruction. Grace grows from teenage baseball writer to venerable whistle-blower—fighting for Woman's Suffrage and the Cincinnati Reds, and against the Indiana KKK and most everything else.
What people are saying about ALICE & HER GRAND BELL:
Hello, I'm Grace. Mr. Tinkham wrote this book, in part, about me. I am long dead. There's a lot of death in my story (but a lot of laughs, too). My sister's father died during the Civil War (at Fort Pillow before the massacre). My father, a Yankee deserter, raped my mother and died soon after, having left behind his guns for my mother to shoot him dead with. I became a journalist of some note and was murdered shortly after finding out who assassinated my step-father. Confused? Don't feel bad, why even this Tinkham fellow seems unsure of just how I died.
Brock McCoy here. Half the book concerns me chasing demons and secrets from my family's past. I'd like to thank Mr. Tinkham for sending me up to Toronto and putting me in love with an incredible woman more than twice my age. Of course, once she came to her senses and dumped me...well, nothing quite worked out with girls my own age. Thankfully Mr. Tinkham provides enough confusion in my life to keep my mind off such things.
I'm Peaches. As a Greyhound-traveling-pill-freak, I terrorized Brock early in the book but, by the end, his sister touts me as her savior. How 'bout that? I'd actually like to thank Mr. Tinkham for allowing me to clean up my act and become a worthwhile member of ALICE & HER GRAND BELL.
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This website is an attempt to explain my novels and myself. The photos below are characters from my other two (unpublished) novels, NO HAPPIER STATE and BONUS MAN.
*Susan Tinkham, my talented sister, gets credit for adroitly slipping my mug in where Teddy's ought to be. She is currently at work on the cover for Alice... All photos are used without permission and will likely disappear quickly (lest I find myself in legal trouble).