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Debut novel by William Claypool tells coming-of-age story in style of “A Separate Peace”

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“Windfall Nights” is the first novel by Claypool, whose employment experience as a bellman and a naval officer breathes reality into the story

The rollercoaster of emotions began for Thomas when his father died in “Windfall Nights” (published by iUniverse), a coming-of-age novel about male friendship by William Claypool.

The promising All-Star football player vanished, emerging years later in dungarees repairing a hotel door. Thomas next appears giving a private virtuoso piano performance witnessed by Julian, the narrator of the story, who is himself struggling to find his own place in the world. The two men develop a friendship that survives despite Thomas’s mental disorder, social withdrawal and ultimate service in Vietnam. Life events shape each man until one finds redemption by self-sacrifice and the other comes to adulthood embracing love, family and duty.

“Windfall Nights” is the first novel by Claypool, whose employment experience as a bellman and a naval officer breathes reality into the story. His local color on the setting and situation are clearly a result of his Notre Dame undergraduate experience.

Claypool is an unconventional author. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. (the novel takes place in a town similar to that city, and the book’s cover image is of an area hotel) and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Claypool was a naval medical officer, taught in medical schools, then led a worldwide clinical research department in the pharmaceutical industry. He has recently focused his entrepreneurial talents on drug development programs and strategies.
Claypool’s second novel, a biotechnology thriller, is with a publisher.

Order “Windfall Nights” online at Amazon, Borders, Barnes & Noble, and iUniverse. To learn more about the author, visit http://williamclaypool.authorsxpress.com/.

Media and bloggers: To interview William Claypool or request a review copy of the book, contact:
Cindy Dashnaw, cdashnaw(at)bohlsenpr(dot)com, 317-602-7137 ext. 223

“Windfall Nights”
by William Claypool
ISBN 978-1-4260-0470-6 (sc)
5.5 X 8.5    
© June 2011

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