Archive for June 2013

U.P. Novel Explores Marquette Orphanage and 2005 Finn Fest

June 25, 2013

For Immediate Release – Press Release for The Best Place

U.P. Novel Explores Marquette Orphanage and 2005 Finn Fest

Amid a cast of unforgettable characters, and from the Great Depression to Finn Fest 2005, Lyla Hopewell, survives a childhood in an orphanage and seeks her identity and the love she’s always craved in Tyler R. Tichelaar’s new novel “The Best Place.”

Marquette, MI June 21, 2013—An irritating best friend gained during a childhood spent in a Catholic orphanage, a father who became a Communist and migrated to Russia in the 1930s, and 3:00 a.m. visits to The Pancake House. Such is the life of Lyla Hopewell. But things are about to change for her in Tyler R. Tichelaar’s new novel “The Best Place” (ISBN 9780979179075, Marquette Fiction, 2013).

My new novel - cover photo is a 1940 postcard of Holy Family Orphanage (courtesy of  Jack Deo, Superior View)

Tyler R. Tichelaar’s latest novel – cover photo is a 1940 postcard of Holy Family Orphanage (courtesy of Jack Deo, Superior View)

During the Great Depression, many American Finns migrated to Karelia, a Finnish province under Soviet control. Convinced the American Dream was a falsehood, they were ready to embrace Communism, and Lyla Hopewell’s father was among them. Planning to send for his wife and daughters once he was settled, he was never heard from again. Then Lyla’s mother died, her sister was adopted, and she was sent to a Catholic orphanage.

These inauspicious beginnings gave Lyla plenty of reason to be ornery, but they also made her tough. Now at age seventy-seven, Lyla will find her past intruding into her present. She’ll try to reconcile with her ex-boyfriend, be badgered by her best friend into joining a women’s recovery group, be harassed by a foul-mouthed teenager, and embrace her heritage at Finn Fest 2005.

Author Tyler R. Tichelaar’s novels are popular throughout Upper Michigan as well as far beyond. Canadian author Laura Fabiani describes his books as “Never predictable, sometimes heartbreaking, always hopeful.” Bethany Andrews of Book of the Moment (located in Maine) declares, “I am now and forever a huge Tyler Tichelaar fan. He’s a man with a wonderful gift for storytelling, and a knack for presenting historical facts in a way that can rival any great historical fiction author.” And Upper Michigan author Karl Bohnak states, “Tyler Tichelaar speaks from the heart about his love affair with the town of his birth.”

In “The Best Place,” Tichelaar has created a tour-de-force with memorable characters, many returning from his previous novels, who reflect the insecurities, fears, hopes, and dreams we all have. “The Best Place” is Tichelaar’s funniest, most heart-wrenching, and overall most cathartic novel to date. Lyla Hopewell’s story of survival and resilience amid personal mistakes, rejection, and life’s obstacles will inspire readers from all walks of life.

About the Author

Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. in Literature and current president of the Upper Peninsula Publishers and Authors Association, is a seventh generation resident of Marquette, Michigan, the city where his novels are set. In 2009, Tyler received the Best Historical Fiction Award in the Reader Views Literary Awards for his novel “Narrow Lives.” In 2011, he received the Barb H. Kelly Historic Preservation Award from the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee for his book “My Marquette,” and he received the Marquette County Arts Award that same year for an “Outstanding Writer.”

“The Best Place” (ISBN 9780979179075, Marquette Fiction, 2013) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit www.MarquetteFiction.com. Review copies available upon request.

###

The Best Place – Tyler’s Newest Novel

June 20, 2013

On Sale Now!

My new novel - cover photo is a 1940 postcard of Holy Family Orphanage (courtesy of  Jack Deo, Superior View)

My new novel – cover photo is a 1940 postcard of Holy Family Orphanage (courtesy of Jack Deo, Superior View)

An irritating best friend gained during a childhood spent in a Catholic orphanage, a father who became a Communist and went to Russia in the 1930s, and 3:00 a.m. visits to The Pancake House. Such is the life of Lyla Hopewell. But in the summer of 2005, when her old boyfriend Bill has a heart attack, her best friend Bel really gets on her nerves, and Finn Fest comes to Marquette, things will change for Lyla.

Joined by a cast of Marquette’s most eccentric and endearing characters—the foul-mouthed fourteen-year-old Josie; ninety-three-year-old Eleanor, still trying to fix her little brother’s love life; ex-boyfriend and blunt womanizer, Bill; blind Mary Mitchell and her ornery sister Florence; the sweet but romantically confused cabdriver Sybil; and many, many more—Lyla recounts her life-story as she comes to terms with her past. After years of feeling unloved, neglected, frustrated, and unfulfilled, can Lyla finally find her own best place?

Available throughout Marquette, Michigan at Snowbound Books, Michigan Fair, Book World, Art U.P. Style, Marquette Regional History Center, and Marquette Maritime Museum. More U.P. Locations coming soon. Copies will also be on sale at Finn Fest this weekend (at the Scandinavia Gifts and Globe Printing booths), and it’s available online at MarquetteFiction.com and online bookstores.