PITTSFIELD -- Joan Conning Afman, who grew up in Pittsfield during the 1940s and '50s has published her fourth novel, using the Berkshires as its location.
Many familiar names and locations are mentioned: Pontoosuc Lake, the old Pontoosuc School on upper North Street, Springside House, St. Joseph's Church and cemetery, England Brothers department store, and more.
The author has taken liberties with the geography around Pontoosuc Lake, which is where the new, gated enclave, Kingsley Woods, is located.
Jaycee Warren, the main character of the story, is forced, because of her husband s job, to return to the city she loved -- and fled from after the most humiliating time of her life.
As she struggles to fit into the life of the city again, the past comes aroun with painful memories.
But mainly the book is a paranormal mystery peopled with interesting characters, including a pair of CIA agents who engage in remote viewing for their information, and even a character based on the Pittsfield legend, Oh! Be Joyful.
KingsleyWoods is available from Etopia Publishing, Amazon. com and B&N Nook. The author expects it will be available in print within a few months.