New Book Recounts Power of First Love

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Author Pamela Dean writes story of teenage love in late 1960s

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C.S. Lewis once said about love that “Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.” In her new book “Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour” (published by iUniverse), author and high school teacher Pamela Dean reminisces about the endearing and everlasting memories of first love.

“I was inspired by the idea that most everyone has a first love that sticks in his or her heart forever – it changes you in some way,” explains Dean. “As a high school teacher, I see the effects of young love every day. It is wonderful, and it’s heart-wrenching.”

“Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour” is a novel about first love, written as a reflection of a relationship that occurred in the late 1960s. Dean crafts haunting memories, both joyful and painful, that change each character’s lives.

Time slowed as he peered inside me, probing through a place where no one had ever been. Even now, in the moments when I recall what it was like to be sixteen and experience the first tugs of love, I can still feel him looking at me that way. At times my recollection is so strong, so real—the sensation sweeps over me again and transports me back to that hour.

While the novel focuses on one woman’s perspective, the story is universal and timeless in its evocative recollection of a significant passage in a young girl’s life. Through Samantha’s struggle, readers will learn to make the best, and right, choices in their lives as they relate and identify with her feelings.

About the Author
Pamela Dean’s love of storytelling and language emerged at an early age, feeding her passion for writing. After graduating from SUNY Albany, she began teaching English in 1972. She lives in Michigan with her husband and currently works as a high school English teacher in the Plymouth-Canton School System.

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