Detroit, MI, November 03, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Professor James Moore is honored to be asked to teach a summer class at Corpus Christi College, part of the prestigious University of Oxford. He’s eager to start his summer abroad but secretly a little relieved that Helen, his wife of 25 years, won’t be joining him right away. She has embraced middle age and the mantle of “grandparent” far more gracefully than Moore has. This new novel “The Pelican Affair” follows Moore to Oxford and then to Wallingford, a small town nearby where he was stationed during World War Two. There he meets Gwen. The two share an instant connection, resulting in a night of hurried passion.
But the past intrudes on the present, and Moore is wracked with guilt about his infidelity. Before he knows it, Moore is off to pick up his wife at the airport. The couple talks and seems to reconnect. Although Moore is hopeful about their future, much of the old tension remains. The action of a madman cruelly cuts short the attempted reconciliation, and Moore is left to reassemble the pieces of his life.
Moore struggles to reconcile his image of himself as a loyal husband and father, teacher of romantic literature, and man of ethics. Can Moore reconcile this image with the events of that fateful night or will it destroy him? “The Pelican Affair” is a fascinating study of one man’s tumultuous relationship with himself and the journey he undertakes to reconcile the past with the present.
Author R.J. Reilly, a retired university teacher, has written four novels and three volumes of short stories (some yet to be published) in addition to several scholarly works. He writes books and stories for “literate adults, people for whom fiction is storytelling that portrays the complexities of human existence.”
The Pelican Affair
R. J. Reilly
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4575-4034-9 276 pages $16.95 US
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