You guys, if you read this book, be prepared because my ugly-cry sixth sense is screaming. There will be beauty, but there will be tears. I also had the pleasure to have a very quick interview with Ronald (who, btw, gave ma the most interesting answers ever), so stay with me!
The book is The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart by Ronald J. Wichers, an Adult, biographical fiction.
What if you married a man who didn’t care about you? What if there was a child in the neighborhood for whom you developed a special fondness but was nine when you were nineteen and twenty when you were thirty with two children and a husband who still didn’t care? And what if you were a boy whose only happy memories were a few soft words uttered now and again by a beautiful neighbor ten years your senior and whose voice and face and figure, back-lighted by the golden light of the setting sun, were all that would sustain you when your life was threatened every minute of every day in the mire of a squalid war nobody wanted?
This is the story of Jacqueline and Tommy, their lives stubbornly paralleling with no convergence in sight until one cold night she sees him starving to death on a crowded street filled with happy tourists.
What would you do if you saw him there almost unrecognizable, just another mass of neglected, invisible wreckage? Turn the pages of The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart and find out what happened to Jacqueline Rhondda and Tommy Middleton.
I told you I had Ronald here with me. He was born in Lake Ronkonkoma New York in 1947. He attended Catholic School until 1965, studied History and literature at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas until being drafted into the United States Army in 1970. He was assigned to a rifle company in the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and, after sustaining severe wounds in a gun battle, including the loss of his left arm, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism and the Bronze Star Medal. He later studied theology full time at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California. He has published several short stories about the Vietnam war. The Fear of Being Eaten: A Biography of the Heart is his fifth novel.
Hi Ronald, and thank you for being here with me today! If you were stuck on a deserted island, which 3 books would you want with you?
Webster’s Third International Dictionary, Janson’s History of Art, and The Liturgy of the Hours.
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you?
During treatment for an amputated arm, my doctor was using a saw to remove a cast used to force down swelling and quicken healing. The vibration from the saw was causing a lot of pain which intensified the closer he got to the end of the stump. He was standing so close that his shoulder was just there beneath my chin just when I needed something to bear down on like a towel or something. As he neared the bottom the pain became so great it caused me to nearly black out. Dazed, I leaned closer into him and sunk my teeth into his white frocked shoulder. He jumped back, horrified and insulted. Everyone in the room was astonished. I insisted that I didn’t bite him but…. Read On The Fault for the rest.
Contracting encephalitis at age three and polio at age six.
Fighting in combat.
What’s the most courageous thing you’ve ever done?
Taking care of my dad in the final five years of his life.
Any hobbies? Or Name a quirky thing you like to do.
Landscaping, gardening. I like plants. I like to cook.
If there is one thing you want readers to remember about you, what would it be?
I have written these books and stories honestly and out of love for the craft, and a deep and abiding concern for the world.
You know how it works, right? This is part of a tour, and here
you can find all the dates with more interviews and special for the book.