A second book by John W. Hershey '71, “The Healing Stone” was recently published by AuthorHouse; copies will soon be available at The College Store.
Hershey notes that “It’s a follow up to 'Window Dressing' [published in April 2006] and I wrote it as a challenge because I had absolutely no idea for a story line and I wanted to see what would happen.
“Some call it a sequel but it’s not. It’s just another part of the same story line. Now that it’s done, so are these characters. Next up is a bunch of fishing stories.”
The description from the back cover: “Fenton Carmody lost his child to crib death, his wife to a lesbian lover, and his women’s basketball coaching job to a vindictive dean. He found support from an ex-con turned barber, a mystic stripper and fly-tier, a retired sculptress, a knockout assistant coach, a stray dog, and a host of small-town Minnesota characters as he began to resolve a rocky relationship with this father. He left his Victorian home on a fly fishing odyssey to find the meaning of life and now he’s ready to return — to form a lasting relationship. But it’s not that easy.”
An English and Religious Studies double major at HWS, Hershey was a member of the basketball and lacrosse teams, Little Theatre and Kappa Sigma fraternity.