ELISE F. MILLER'S STORIES MAY BE FOUND IN THE FOLLOWING ANTHOLOGIES....


A Time to Cast Away Stones won Honorable Mention for General Fiction at  the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival, the Southern California Book Festival and the Great Northwest Book Festival.

Congratulations to Elise Frances Miller!

HIGH PRAISE FOR

THE BERKELEY GIRL



5.0 out of 5 stars You May Recognize Yourself  By Jim Nantell I had such great time reading this book. Having lived through the campus unrest of the late 60s it caused me to reflect back to my time at the University of Wisconsin, which like Berkley, was embroiled in the Vietnam War protests. The character development was exceptional, as was the way the author wove together the political unrest of UC Berkeley, Paris and behind the iron curtain. It was personally unsettling to recognize myself in Aaron and to find myself admiring Janet who back in the day I would have seen as a campus radical. For anyone who lived through the late 60s (or had parents who did) and wrestled with the anti war and military draft issues it is a must read book. In addition to being very entertaining, it continually present thoroughly researched historical facts that allows the reader to place the US anti war and free sex experience of the late 60s in the much broader context of the events taking place in both western and eastern Europe. The reader should be prepared for a number of surprises not the least of which is a great ending. 


5.0 out of 5 stars Got Pleasantly Lost in the Book, January 21, 2013 By Laurel MacLeod (Nova Scotia, Canada) I enjoyed the hell out of this book, I have to say. My mom was part of the "hippie" generation, and was an avid reader herself, so when I was old enough, I worked my way through her entire library (we actually had one in our house), including much material that pertained to the period. Sometimes I feel more connected to that time than my own, and reading this book brought me back again, if only to my own childhood when I was reading and discovering the revolutionary 60s for the first time, and becoming enamored of the FEELING of the era. I don't know any other way to describe it. What I can say is how easy it was to get involved in the book, wrapped up in it, to live the story in my own mind. I suppose that just means that the author succeeded in what she set out to do with the book, at least in my mind. I enjoyed seeing the story from France, as opposed to the usual Berkeley/Haight-Ashbury type settings. It really brought home to me the world-wide-spread nature of the social and attitude changes of the time. I'm sure the authenticity of the writing in that sense can be attributed directly to the author's own time in Paris.


5.0 out of 5 stars a different ride through the 60's, February 4, 2014 -          By Maurine Killough     

Although this is fiction, Elise Frances Miller writes a realistic and passionate ride through the Berkeley protests to the violent protests in France. I learned so much about that time in this book, because it is written from a unique perspective, very realistic compared to how we romanticize the 60's persona. I enjoyed living in France through Janet Magill and was intrigued by her growth, the dangerous adventures and the discoveries of a young woman coming of age. I will miss Janet and Aaron!


Why I wrote this book
By Elise F. Miller

In the decade that Americans of several generations are obsessed with, whether it’s to love it or hate it...most of us were focused on finding a lover or a spouse and learning enough to make a living. So why did the myth persist that our entire generation was deliberately and confidently revolutionary?

 –from the Prologue

So writes fictional protagonist Janet Magill when she looks back, decades later, at her youth in the late 1960s. She speaks for me when she describes her motivation for “deciding to write A Time to Cast Away Stones.” Like Janet, I lived in both Berkeley and Paris in 1968. This book began with my desire to research and understand the events through which I had lived and to express views I knew first-hand to be true, but which I did not find in fictional depictions of that era. We were not all hippies, commies and druggies. I wanted to get past these stereotypes. To the kidstrying to make good grades and find a boyfriend or a girlfriend. That’s who we were, and yet—we were caught up in the social and political turmoil of our day. The war, fresh ideas and new freedoms touched all our lives. 

Available now on Kindle.

Look for the paperback in late August.

For more information and a synopsis, go to Elise's website.

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