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John Guzlowski is a writer and poet whose parents were forced laborers in Poland during WW II. He was born in a refugee camp before he came with his family to live in the Polish neighborhoods of Chicago. Already a highly regarded poet, he turned his childhood memories (including some gruesome child murders) into a novel titled SUITCASE CHARLIE.
Two war-weary Chicago detectives investigate a series of horrifying child murders. Before the crimes are solved, the reader follows…Continue
Posted on July 1, 2015 at 5:00pm
I just posted a new blog entry describing the real places frequented by my characters--human and animal--in my novel. Most of the action in JHATOR takes place in these beautiful natural spaces that are protected throughout southeastern Massachusetts. Whether you have read my book or not, I hope you will visit them if you are traveling through the area.
You can read "Hiking the Landscape of JHATOR" as well as excerpts from my novel, at Christine-lajewski.squarespace.com
Posted on June 1, 2015 at 6:43pm
One of my closest friends, Rachelle, lost her daughter to a canoeing accident on a frigid November night in 2005. I wrote a poem as a tribute to Ashley, which was later published in Deep Waters, the Tall Grass Writers' Guild 2012 anthology. As we approach the 9th anniversary of the loss of this lovely young woman, I have posted the poem in my blog at Christine-lajewski.squarespace.com I think any "likes" would be appreciated by Rachelle. Thank you for reading it.
Posted on November 22, 2014 at 9:43am
JHATOR was chosen as the summer read for the book club at the United Church of Christ in Norwell, MA. Today, the Rev. Deborah Spratley hosted an author's brunch and discussion of the book with me and members of both the book club and writer's group at the church.
One of the first things I learned from the group members, who are approaching the book from a Christian POV, is that starting the book with Anat, the vulture, was unsettling for most of them. Of course, that is the point of…Continue
Posted on August 17, 2014 at 5:35pm