Someone once said "Write what you know!" J.P. Polidoro has written what he knows of small town life in N.H. Having lived in four towns in the Granite State over 27 years, Jack has experienced and seen the varying warm landscapes countered by sometimes chilly human attitudes of small town life and indifference.

Native residents sometimes resist change, especially when it comes to improvements in the quality of life. New Englanders sometimes seek solitude and apathy rather than community interaction. A chill dominates warmth. In Polidoro's mind, complacency breeds ignorance and myopia.

In Return to Raby, Polidoro combines personal experience with fantasy and vivid imagination -- it's his best work to date. His characters take on a life of their own. One person can truly change the environment. Raby is driven by characters that can't tolerate incompetence, mediocrity, ignorance... or arrogance. They exude teamwork and love for their fellow man. The story "rocks" the Granite State, where the state motto is General John Stark's famous words : "Live Free or Die."

SYNOPSIS

Nelson Palmer, a newcomer to Harvest, New Hampshire, is searching for his roots. He’s intrigued by the possibility of renovating a vacant, historic church as a retirement home. The graveyard holds some of the clues to his family’s legacy. But Palmer soon learns that the beautiful town has an ugly side. Families who have controlled the politics for decades are hostile to newcomers and new ideas.

Palmer’s renovation plans are met with resistance. As he becomes embroiled in politics and intrigue, and suffers great personal loss, Palmer learns that the town's history has been altered. His search for roots becomes a search for truth and justice at any cost.

Return to Raby highlights one person’s ability to change a small town. It is also a story of love, lust, and relationships... friends become lovers and lovers become mates for life.

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COMMENTARY
"Grace Metalious rocked the publishing world in 1956 with Peyton Place. Also a New Hampshire author, like Grace, J.P. Polidoro unknowingly continues that literary tradition. A riveting tale of a small New Hampshire town with issues!"
Thomas E. Coughlin, author,
Maggie May’s Diary and Brian Kelly: Route 1
"J.P. Polidoro skillfully dissects the façade of a small New Hampshire town, and weaves a compelling tale of the newcomer who uncovers its real history as he struggles to overcome resentment and complacency. Secrets and private lives are revealed, as we relate to the passion and desire to save a dying town. A great read!"
Marti Gorham, author, Carpets of Clover
"'Tell an interesting story and tell it well.' That’s what’s required of any folksong, and J.P.Polidoro has been writing wonderful folk songs. Return to Raby is another folksong, this time written as a novel, telling the story of small-town politics, envy, greed, and lust . . . . along with a healthy search for truth."
George Grove, singer, songwriter, performer, member of The Kingston Trio, UNLV adjunct music instructor in graduate jazz.