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Dan's most popular novels, now available as E-books

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“... wonderful, sad, funny, a scathing portrait of middle America through the eyes of a new fictional character” – Gay Talese

My novel of the ‘Sixties – read it while listening to Janis Joplin as the hippies and hangers-on search for a new meaning of “home”

“A precise and moving recreation of a time and a place when the world seemed small and we knew everyone in it.” – Joan Didion

“. . .killing-funny, killing-sad, fires everywhere. War is hell, maybe, but so is L.A.” – Tim O’Brien

This story of divorce is “a modern Pilgrim’s Progress ... with all our contemporary hangups, frustrations and temptations ...” - Chicago Tribune

A young boy ‘keeps watch’ over the girlfriend his big brother leaves behind when he goes off to fight in WWII.


From the Blog of Dan Wakefield

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 Published in Books and Writers

The letters that the great German poet Rainier Maria Rilke wrote to a young student at a military academy from 1903-1908 are still being read today. I suspect that they will continue to be read as long as people want...

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Thursday, July 7, 2016 Published in Coming Home

Kurt Vonnegut was a Humanist, but he always spoke of people he loved as being “up in heaven now.” He included in that territory his wife Jane as well as Sam Lawrence, the publisher who he said had saved him...

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Published in Coming Home

I published my first book when I was 29, and I was proud of “Island in the City: The World of Spanish Harlem,” my journalistic account of a New York neighborhood. And yet, I hadn’t achieved my most important goal. Writing...

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Listen to Kurt Vonnegut read his review of Going All The Way from LIFE magazine - HEAR HIS VOICE!

Read the review in the July 1970 Issue of LIFE magazine


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Be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.

– Philo of Alexandria

Recent Events


I am glad to report that Bill Hampton, a starting guard on the Attucks championship teams, will be at the screening of "Something to Cheer About," The Betsy Blankenbaker film of the Attucks championship teams, Wednesday night at
IndyReadsBooks at 6pm. Hampton will join me and Phyllis Boyd of Groundwork Indy to discuss the film afterward. This is more than a "basketball movie." This is about the racial history of Indianapolis.
dan-red-key Anne Ryder, former TV anchor and now IU professor, writer Dan Wakefield, Will Higgins of Indy Star and  Roxanna Caldwell of WFYI, confer at The Red Key on plans for "Uncle Dan's Story Hour," coming on WFYI radio!

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