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Local author John McCabe has published a new historical fiction book - The Girl in Japan. The book has been added to the library system and is in our New 14-day Fiction book section or you can buy it through Amazon or Barnes and Noble. *You do not have to have read the book to meet the author. Hardcover books will also be available for sale ($30.00 incl. PA tax) at the event. John will sign each purchased copy of The Girl In Japan.

John will be interviewed for about 40 minutes, which will follow with 15 minutes of Q&A and then 5-10 minutes of book signing. 

The Girl in Japan 

In a flashback to 1962, he sees himself as the young nineteen-year-old Joe McGrath, an Army recruit doing his duty, unquestionably following orders, and learning to be a man. Who was Joe to question being at ground zero and exposed to the ravages of atomic bomb detonations in the Nevada desert? How was the young soldier to understand what was happening to his body, his mind, his very being as he saw the bones in his hands and fingers through his tightly clenched eyes as the 1000 times brighter than the sun searing light passed in advance of the swirling and crushing waves of winds and energy? It wasn’t until years later that Joe learned that he had been part of a cruel and vile medical experiment, along with 600 other infantrymen.

In 1968 when he met Reiko, the girl in Japan, he realizes that even a world apart, the madness of nuclear detonation and its toll to humanity was everlasting. Reiko gave Joe the strength to discover truth. To know that she too experienced the same terror, albeit in a different world gives Joe conflicted comfort. She leads him to understand that truth is stranger than fiction. Together, their anger shifts to a passion for exposing the uncomfortable and horrible nuclear threats. And finally, more than a half century later, Joe reveals the reality of recklessly unbridled, atomic forces hurled against mankind for all the world to absorb.

Reiko and Joe give a gift to all of us: a warning during the most turbulent times of 2022.


Wednesday, October 19, 2022
6:30pm - 7:30pm
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