Dorothy Weil

CURRENT AND RECENT WORK

Dorothy Weil is currently working on a collection of short stories entitled Old . The stories are all about people from their late seventies to one hundred and four. They show the variety of lives among this group of Americans, some sad and some quite joyful. The stereotyping of older people in fiction, TV, and movies inspired Weil tell stories of elan, loss, humor, and hope.

Dorothy Weil's novel 2014, Love and Terror is the story of a woman and her family working together to save the life of a family member who is desperately ill. Husband, father, son, he is vital to each of their lives. Judith the central character, a rebel, political activist, and wife of the sick man, is at the center of the drama as the family members take closer than ever looks at one another and form new views, often skewed. The surpring ending takes everyone, especially Judith, in new directions. Living near death, the family faces infidelity, grief, and tumultuous changes in their way of life.

The protagonist of A Good Woman, is brought to life as a girl, happily riding her horse on the farm where she was born; as a young wife coping with the mysteries of sex and motherhood, a homemaker facing the hardships of the Great Depression, a bereaved mother, and an older woman beset by neighborhood decay, illness and old age. Though Mary Lou Friedman faces many problems, she does so with courage and love. She is spunky and strong. She tries to understand her contentious family, her frightening world and the changes over the near century she lives. Driven to the edge by circumstances, in order to protect her home, she buys a gun, with tragic results that bring her story to a surprising conclusion.



The central character,Mary Lou Friedman,is a kind of twentieth-century Every Woman and her life almost spans the era. She is brought to life as a girl happily riding her horse on the farm on which she was born, a young bride coping with the mysteries of sex, a homemaker facing the hardships of the Depression, a bereaved mother, a mature woman coming to life sexually, and an older woman beset by neighborhood decay and family problems. Though the theme is serious, there is humor and warmth in the family scenes: Mary Lou is a spunky woman, a strong woman who tries to understand her contentious family, her frightening world, and the changes she must face. She is a nest builder, determined to keep her world from crumbling.

Driven to the edge by circumstances, in order to protect her home, she buys a gun, with tragic results that bring the novel to a surprising and wrenching conclusion.

Selected Works

Fiction
Story of a woman and her family working together to save a brilliant man who is near madness and death.
Novel
A serious literary novel about an eighty-five year old couple who are threatened by the husband's serious illness and a pair of hoodlums from their deteriorating neighborhood. "A Good Woman" is not just a good novel, it's one that delivers a punch readers are not likely to have felt before--Ceil Cleveland, founding editor of "Columbia Magazine."
Family Memoir
A return to the authorís river home to recapture her familyís history.
Mystery Thriller
"A crackling good yarn" --James E. Casto, author of Towboats on the Ohio
Novel
Humorous yet poignant story of a fifteen-year- old girl trying her best to grow up.
Novel
Laura Hoffman returns to college to finish a degree in the Art Department. She copes with eccentric professors, a recalcitrant husband, growing children and a super-neat mother. Her adventures include a pass by The Faculty Feeler and a flirtation with a younger man.