New Memoir is Story of Survival

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A true story about a seventeen year-old boy who just wanted to have fun and fall in love, but is asked by his ailing mother to help her end her life. A Very Good Year portrays one year in the life of a seventeen year-old boy; an angst-ridden, often comic journey through sex, drugs, love and death Â? in short, a survivor's tale.

New Memoir Offers Compassionate Look at Universal Themes of Love and Loss

“The author's incisive, unstinting honesty shines through A Very Good Year.” - ForeWordReviews

“A heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking memoir. Once in a while a book comes along that shares the depth and love of family relationships in the wake of insurmountable odds. A Very Good Year is a must-read!”-USA Book News

“Sexy, funny, thought-provoking, at times devastating, and profoundly inspiring. A keenly felt reflection on adolescence, an unflinching portrait of love and grief, and a reading experience not to be missed.”

-Terry McGarry, author of Illumination, The Binder's Road, and Triad

“Compelling and richly evocative.”-Barbara Novack, award-winning poet & writer

“A book about the very core of life and death.” - Derek Humphry, author of Final Exit, founder of The Hemlock Society

“At seventeen the world was both incredible and incomprehensible, as I suspect it is for most seventeen-year-olds. My mom was dying, my sister wouldn't speak with me, my dad hated me, and every morning I'd wake up hoping that today was the day I would finally get laid and end my eternal purgatory as a virgin-” from the opening paragraph of A Very Good Year.

Sometimes, something happens to you, and in a moment your life has changed forever, divided into before and after. Larry Cuocci's life changed on a summer's day in 1976 when his mother, who was in the final stages of malignant melanoma, asked him to end her life. A Very Good Year portrays one year in the life of a seventeen year-old boy; an angst-ridden, often comic journey through sex, drugs, love and death -- in short, a survivor's tale.

This book is a guiding light to adolescents who are searching to discover who they are and how they fit in. It offers reassurance to adults who are going through their own struggles. A Very Good Year is a must-read for anyone looking for hope. Because this is the first time the controversial Right-to-Die issue is told from an adolescent's perspective it should appeal to both young adults, college students, baby-boomers, and seniors as well.

A short version of A Very Good Year sold to NY Newsday, which published it as a personal experience piece. A dramatized version was performed as a staged reading at The Pittsburgh Playhouse.

Marketing/Publicity/Advertising Budget: $20,000

A Very Good Year can be ordered through our distributor, Baker & Taylor, or on the Internet, or by calling Palette Press at our Toll Free # (877) 787-7817

*Free Reviewer Copy available upon request* Reprint rights & Excerpts available. Author is available for interviews: email request to: or FAX (270) 897-2367

Pat Roehrich-VP Marketing & Sales-Palette Press

A Very Good Year by Larry Cuocci

$14.95 Original Trade Paperback, 206 pages

ISBN 1-932912-04-5 LCCN 2004105694    

Contact:Pat Roehrich(877)787-7817FAX (270)897-2367

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