Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Book Release: "His Other Life" by Melanie McCabe

I received this information today from the University of New Orleans Press:


His Other Life tells the true story behind Tennessee Williams’ characters

When Melanie McCabe’s father died in 1973, she learned a startling truth about his life before he settled into a quiet suburban existence. Terrence McCabe had been married before; his first wife, Hazel, was Tennessee Williams’ childhood sweetheart; and Williams wrote characters based on both of them, and their marriage, into his plays.

As an adult, Melanie set off to discover the real story behind her father’s former life, enlisting help from librarians, amateur genealogists, and Tennessee Williams’ own writings to fill in the blanks. At the center of the investigation is the perplexing death of Hazel, who died at age 38 while living in Mexico City. Was it suicide? Was it an accident? And who was the unknown man with her when she died?

Part memoir, part love story, part gripping mystery, His Other Life is moving for what it reveals about the tragedies of falling in love, getting married, and trying to create a life.

His Other Life will have its official launch event at the Arlington [Virginia] Central Library on the evening of October 5th. Melanie McCabe will read for her book, and local bookstore One More Page Books will be on hand to sell copies.

Melanie McCabe is a high school teacher in Arlington, Virginia. Her most recent book of poems, What The Neighbors Know, was published by FutureCycle Press in 2014. Her first book of poetry, History of the Body, was published by David Robert Books in 2012.

Title: His Other Life 
Subtitle: Searching for My Father, His First Wife, and Tennessee Williams
Author: Melanie McCabe

ISBN: 978-1-60801-134-6
Imprint: UNO Press
Pub Date: October 2017
Trim: 6x9
Pages: 250
Price: $19.95


This book looks intriguing.  I found an article by the author about some of the background - see HIS OTHER LIFE: Searching for My Father, His First Wife and Tennessee Williams.

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