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From 1946 to 1964, 76.4 million “baby boomers” are born in the United States, making up almost 40 percent of the nation’s population. Forever Yours, a mainstream fiction, reflects the story of this generation as they face the trials and uncertainties of the evolving American dream.
In 1963, James and Beth meet in college, fall in love, marry, and then traverse the following decades through various countries, tragedies, adventures, and children. Their love grows stronger until in the end, not even death can keep them apart.
Jeff becomes a writer who struggles to find his voice in a society undergoing a cultural and emotional revolution. From Vietnam through the Kennedy and MLK assassinations, his world is cast in startling and often frightening fashion. Beth is a free spirited individual who embraces the new independence of the modern woman. From her same-sex affair, the completion of her Ph.D., and the tragic death of a child, Beth continues to explore and love life.
The challenges of existence take on a larger-than-life twist through their good friend Steven “Bugs” Cramer, a talented musician who embraces the love and beauty of the world around him. Tragically, he is killed in Vietnam, yet his continuing presence in their lives demonstrates there is more to this journey than meets the eye. They lose a child at birth and yet are comforted by the supernatural presence of their friend Bugs. Ultimately, their love meets the final challenge of mortality, and even then Bugs helps them transcend this world’s limited understanding.
Writer’s Digest 2nd Draft says, “This story is full of memorable scenes, lively characters, anecdotes that make the story-world come alive, and various other elements that all highlight the work of a very talented writer.”