What others are saying about Goodbye Emily
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Woodstock '69 icon Country Joe McDonald :
"Michael Murphy's novel, Goodbye Emily, is an
entertaining and poignant adventure. Well written
and easy to read. The book revisits the Woodstock
Music Festival through the minds and lives of several
men who were there and plan to return to the
original site. All characters have their own reasons
for the journey but it is easy for anyone of that
generation to identify with them and their struggle
to deal with present and the past. A very enjoyable
and timely and fun read. It is a great book but would
also make one hell of a great movie."
Woodstock '69 legend Wavy Gravy :
"What we have in mind is a sweet look back at the
good old days. We must have been in heaven, man."
"I received an advance copy of GOODBYE EMILY a couple of days after the 43rd anniversary of the original
Woodstock Festival where I spent my first weekend ever in America, and I have to say that - besides the perfect
timing - I was touched by the beauty of the story, Michael Murphy's easy natural flow of words on the page, and the
obvious integrity, respect and love which the author displays for the spirit of what became a turning page in
modern american culture.
Those of us who were actually there will be happily brought "back to the garden" while the book is a perfect road
map for those who wish they did. Unlike other attempts which were written from the outside looking in, the
contemporary story of GOODBYE EMILY was written from the inside out ... and that's probably why I could not put
Do yourself a favor" get your own copy NOW and enjoy the wonderful and "long strange trip it's been."
Actor Francis Dumaurier
"The memories of Woodstock live on with many people in the modern day. "Goodbye Emily" is an intriguing
novel following a professor as he copes with the loss of his life's love who he met at Woodstock. With age
catching up with him and with others he still knows from the day, they seek one last trip to remember themselves
and their lives into the twilight. "Goodbye Emily" is a fine and much recommended addition to any literary fiction
collection." Midwest Book Review
"I chuckled along, and in places I cried, and I finished the book with sad/happy tears running down my face
– happy to have enjoyed the memories and sad for the days gone by." Lynne Morgan Spreen, author
of Dakota Blues.
Goodbye Emily is amusing, heartwarming and inviting. Through Sparky's healing journey, we discover that
while we can’t escape heartbreak, we can't let that keep us from pursuing love. I laughed, I cried...I thoroughly
enjoyed Goodbye Emily." Jen Estes, author of the Four Ball Mystery Series
"I was somewhat skeptical about what the novel, Goodbye Emily would turn out to be, but now that I’ve read it, I’m
a fan! Michael has really captured the feel of Woodstock – the chaos, the mud, the dope, and the community spirit
(OK, the peace and love) that held everything together for the weekend. As I was reading the book, I could
visualize everything Michael wrote about, and I easily recalled the shortages of food, shelter and Porta Potties. I
remember being caked in mud, much like Michael’s characters. The description of the setting was pitch perfect.”
Blogger and Woodstock attendee Peter Faur.
"An ending that will bring tears to your eyes and a smile on your face as Sparky, Buck, Cloe, Lady, Josh and
even more make their way one more time to relive those special three days. What happens and if they really
succeed? What will the final note be in Josh's life? A farewell so fitting you won't believe the ending." Reviewer
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"I cried. I laughed. Dinner was late. I didn't
want it to end. That pretty much sums up
one of the best books I've ever read."
Author Dianne Harmon