The Town Crazy

This week’s other featured books, “Pacific,” by Trevor J. Houser, “The Girl Who Talked to Paintings,” by Shannon K. Winston and “Herman and the Princess Gull,” by Lew Maurer, can be found by scrolling down below this post, or by clicking the author’s name on our Authors page.


THE BOOK: The Town Crazy.

PUBLISHED IN: Spring 2020

THE AUTHOR: Suzzy Roche

THE EDITOR: Deborah Robertson

THE PUBLISHER: Gibson House Press

SUMMARY: The Town Crazy, set in the sleepy town of Hanzloo, Pennsylvania, a suburban Catholic community in 1961, is a novel of passion, absurdity, innocence, and sorrow. A contemporary, often humorous take on a bygone era. 

THE BACK STORY: A look back to a town and a childhood not unlike where the author spent time as a child, in the same era. 

WHY THIS TITLE: It fits the story perfectly.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: It’s engaging, excellent storytelling, that sums up a small town in the early ’60’s. The Town Crazy also delves into the terror and cruelty of childhood, the dangerous loneliness of failing marriages, sexual repression and desire, and the intersection of art and religion, all culminating in a tragedy for which everyone in the town bears some responsibility. 


“The Town Crazy casts a strong spell, and I don’t think I’ve shaken it off yet, nor do I want to. Suzzy Roche understands so much about other people’s lives; her fiction, just like her singing and songwriting, is thrilling, beautiful, and shattering. I will be thinking about this town, these people, this captivating novel, for a long time.” Meg Wolitzer author of The Female Persuasion and The Wife. 

AUTHOR PROFILE: Suzzy Roche is a singer/songwriter/performer/author and founding member of the singing group The Roches. She has recorded more than fifteen albums, written music for TV and film, and toured extensively in the U.S. and Europe. In addition to The Town Crazy, Roche is the author of the novel Wayward Saints and the children’s book Want to Be in a Band? She continues to tour for her music and books and lives on the east coast. 

AUTHOR COMMENTS: I hope you love my book! 

SAMPLE CHAPTER: (Provide link). Attached.

LOCAL OUTLETS:, you can order it from your local independent bookstore if it’s not in stock — and where all good books are sold. 


PRICE: $16.99 in the U.S. and $22.95 in Canada

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: via her publicist,

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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