Posted April 14, 2015
A war memorial plays a significant role in my latest novel, Johnnie Come Lately.
Siobhan Fallon, Army wife and author of the critically acclaimed collection, You Know When the Men Are Gone, says this about my novel: “Johnnie Come Lately evokes the pathos of family life—secrets, betrayals, misunderstandings, heartbreak, and just enough love and forgiveness to make it all worth it. Kathleen M. Rodgers treats her haunted characters with keen insight and empathy, offering them the second, third, fourth chances that all of us flawed human beings need.”
I’m up here at Soldiers Park, hoping you might come
swaying by with the breeze. Most of the leaves have dropped
and it’s getting cold. I asked the old soldier, the one you talk to
from time to time, if you’d happened by here lately, but he just
stands high on his pedestal, armed and ready, and gives me the
He’s not about to give up your secrets—the secrets you pour
into him from this bench. Dark things hidden behind bronze
eyes that only seem to come alive for you.
Pick up the novel at www.johnniecomelately.com