Publisher: Prospecta Press
Publish Date: October 5, 2011
Origins: From Publisher for Review
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Synopsis: Here is the story of an unforgettable summer. Set in Plymouth, MA in the late seventies, Little Did I Know is the tale of a young man with an outsized dream – to refurbish a dilapidated but historic theater and produce a season's worth of vibrant musicals. A recent college graduate, he fills his cast and crew with people he has come to love and trust in his university life, and with others whose talents and personalities prove undeniable. Yet, while the productions drive his ambitions, a local woman drives his passions, and their romance is fateful, star-crossed, and ultimately more than either of them expected.
Review: Big dreams and real life collide in Mr. Maxwell's first novel, Little Did I Know. Sam August goes to Plymouth, Mass to produce musicals in the oldest summer stock theatre. He's there first to scope everything out before his college friends and colleagues in theater come up. He runs into some big fish in a little pond and a girl who could change everything.
Reading a lot like a memoir, Little Did I Know is an intriguing foray into the world of theater and life in the 70's. Entertaining and quirky, Mr. Maxwell draws you into the trials and tribulations Sam faces while he looks to learn the ropes of production and ultimately life.
Excerpt: Melissa Morgan, a red-headed farm beauty from Ohio with a perfect array of freckles on her nose, drew my eyes to the denim cutoffs that hung provocatively on her perfect butt. She was bleary eyed and happy like the rest of us. She leaned over to me and planted a long, lingering kiss on my lips. I had always wondered what it would be like to kiss her. Although I had been successful with women, I never thought I had a chance with Melissa.