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Book Nook: Not That I Could Tell, by Jessica Strawser

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Jessica Strawser lives in Cincinnati-she was looking for the perfect setting for "Not That I Could Tell," her second novel. She decided that the ideal place for it would be a community that she enjoys visiting, the village of Yellow Springs, Ohio.

As this story of domestic suspense opens a woman has vanished along with her children and nobody seems to know where they might have gone. The missing woman had been going through a contentious divorce, she has been separated from her husband, a physician who is living in an apartment while the divorce proceedings are underway.

The story is told primarily from the viewpoints of a couple of women who live nearby. They were some of the last people to see her before this mysterious disappearance. The local police are investigating, questioning her friends and neighbors and paying particular attention to the person who might become their primary suspect of any potential wrongdoing, the estranged husband. When he found out his wife and kids were gone he moved back into the family home, ostensibly to wait for their safe return. His behavior seems rather bizarre.

Strawser's depiction of Yellow Springs will be of interest to many readers in our area. I have heard that after we broadcast this interview our local library started getting requests for the book. The author is detail oriented; she even mentions WYSO in her story!

Strawser knows a lot about book publishing, she is Editor-at-Large for "Writer's Digest. It was fun to talk shop with someone who has conducted a lot of interviews with authors.

The Book Nook on WYSO is presented by the Greene County Public Library with additional support from Washington-Centerville Public Library,  Clark County Public LibraryDayton Metro Library, and Wright Memorial Public Library.

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Vick Mickunas introduced the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1500 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Listen to the Book Nook with Vick Mickunas for intimate conversations about books with the writers who create them.  Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun.