Rediscover Dan Wakefield's Classics

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.

Under The Apple Tree

Special Edition Now Available

A World War II Home Front Novel

Rediscover the tale of a small town in the midst of World War II in a special 70th anniversary edition of Under the Apple Tree.

From the Blog of Dan Wakefield

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 Published in Books and Writers

A new book, EMMETT TILL: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled The Civil Rights Movement, by Devery S. Anderson, is the best and most complete account of the harrowing story. The...

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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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Monday, December 5, 2016 Published in Coming Home

One night last January while sitting comfortably at the Red Key Tavern (where I always feel comfortable), awaiting my burger and glass of red, Michael Therwechter, the resident photographer and creator of the Red Key website (, approached me...

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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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Listen to Dan speak at his first Story Hour
held at the Red Key Tavern

Uncle Dan's Story Hour Holiday Show

Dec. 23 at 1pm on WFYI (90.1 FM)

The show features Anne Ryder, Dan Wakefield, Waseema Ali, Hilene Franzbaum, Susan Neville, and saxophonist Sophie Faught playing (respectful and inspiring) jazz version of 'Silent Night.'

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

Read Vonnegut's review in LIFE magazine

Listen to ebook on Kindle or buy the paperback edition at Indy Reads Books at 911 Mass Avenue!

Also only at Indy Reads - Buy the CD of Ben Affleck reading the novel and Kurt Vonnegut reading his review!

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

– Philo of Alexandria

Upcoming Events

"Uncle Dan's Story Hour" received a 2016 Best of Indy award from Indianapolis Monthly for "Best New Literary Program."

Join Dan at the awards ceremony on Wednesday, December 14 at the Biltwell Center from 5:30 - 6:00pm. The event lasts until 8:00, but there's no need to stay the whole time. Dan will have a booth at the Best Of Indy show, directly adjacent to WFYI's.

Tickets for the event are $30, but you can receive a $5 discount with the promo code "BEST16".  There will be plenty of food offered, provided both by Indy Monthly and numerous restaurants who won awards this year.

Dan Wakefield

Dan Wakefield