Author Larry I. Franklin Unveils a Gripping Tale About Memory

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New book presents a free-flowing narrative of two men’s struggles with the raw emotion and intellectual challenges of memory.

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Memory is life’s greatest asset. Sometimes it brings joy; other times it bring pain. Other times, they bring joy. Author Larry L. Franklin offers the readers a compelling tale that will enable them to grasp the true meaning of memory with his new publication, Mnemosyne: A Love Affair with Memory. This book will let them join the remarkable characters in this unforgettable journey and discover the fascinating mysteries that memory holds.

This is the story of two men who lived in different centuries on opposite sides of the world with memory as their common obsession. One of them is a modern-day man diagnosed with PSTD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He struggled with the memories of childhood abuse that nearly cost him his sanity. Another man is a 19th century evolutionary biologist. He devoted his life to the mechanics of memory. Peer rejection, and the later death of his wife pushed him into a deep depression that led to his suicide.

Skillfully written and highly imaginative, Franklin is able to present a complex subject in a compelling narrative where the intellect, the curious and the recipient of horrific memories can grasp its meaning. This work of creative nonfiction is weaved in the form of a hybrid memoir. It solves the mysteries of memory through the two men’s struggles-one as a survivor of childhood abuse who battled his horrific memories and the other as a scientist obsessed by the mechanics of memory.

Through the ordeals of these remarkable characters, readers can appreciate the beauty and challenges of memory. Mnemosyne: A Love Affair with Memory is a dramatic novel that will provide them with enthralling twists and turns that lie in hiding, only to be revealed just around the corner.

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About the Author
Larry I. Franklin holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University. He performed in the U.S. Navy Band located in Washingtion, D.C. from 1967 to 1971. From 1972-1975, he taught music at Southern Illinois University. In 1976, he completed requirements for a certified financial planner designation and maintained a successful investment business until 2007 when he retird to devote his energies to writing. In 2003, he received an MFA in Creative Non-Fiction from Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also the author of “The Rita Nitz Story: A life without parole” which was published by Southern Illinois University, “Cherry Blossoms and Barren Plains: A woman’s journey from mental illness to prison cell” which is published by Chipmunka Publishing Company and the not yet published, “Love, Dry Creek and a dog named Max”.

Mnemosyne * by Larry L. Franklin
A Love Affair with Memory
Publication Date: July 15, 2013
Trade Paperback; $20.99; 142 pages; 978-1-4836-6549-8
Trade Hardback; $30.99; 142 pages; 978-1-4836-6550-4

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