Dorothy Weil





New Novel April 2014

Fiction 2008








Comic Novel 1978

Works




Love and Terror

Novel, 2014, "Love and Terror." The story of a woman and her family in crisis. Three generations work together to save the life of a man desperately ill. Husband, father, son, he is a vital part of them all. In coming together, the family members, led by Judith, the central character, experience old love and terror, current loves and hates, and find new aspects of one another. Everyone shifts to fresh patterns in their lives as a surprise ending winds up the family's intimate year of facing death-- and finding both love and terror in the interaction of these supposed opposites.
"Weil lets us know how things look and feel from multiple viewpoints as her story moves to its not easily predicted end. . . .the ending suggests more to come--quite a lot like life"--Jane Durrell, City Beat





A Good Woman

"A Good Woman," 2008, is a startling addition to Weilís literary output, confirming her versatility and ability to imagine the lives of characters beyond her own particular world. It is 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.







The River Home

is a memoir of the author's growing up on river boats, finding her vocation as a writer, and coming to know her family by returning to the Ohio and other rivers via towboat, flatboat, and steamboats.
Lee Smith wrote: . . ."an unusually rich and affecting memoir"
Celia Morris: "Dorothy Weil takes the reader into the unique world of Americaís riverboats. She introduces a gallery of fascinating people, her mismatched parents and the people who run today's giant towboats and steamboats. The story spans American life from the 1930's through the millennium. We meet the American girl as river rat--half tomboy,half hoyden. With a clear, keen eye and a caring heart, Weil deftly describes life on the edge and the struggle simply to grow up."






River Rats

"Dorothy Weilís fascination with our great rivers, this time with a fast-paced thriller, continues. Unforgettable characters must deal with the ancient riverís myths, its mysteries, and its cold-blooded killers. Move over James Dickey!"
--Stephen Birmingham, novelist and social historian









Life, Sex, and Fast Pitch Softball

Mercedes Mayfield, like Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, is a smart, funny, teenager facing the challenges of adolescence, family disruption, and the games people play on and off sports fields. As catcher for the Hillfield Hellions, a girls fast-pitch softball team, she is forced out of her affluent world and gets to know some fascinating people--two of them her own parents.










Continuing Education

A comic novel about a middle-aged woman returning to college in the department of art. TV and movie rights purchased by Disney Productions. Fawcett paperback.

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.