Things Behind the Sun: a novel

Adelaide Books, NY. Available Now. 

Martin Gregory believes he has one last shot at emotionally connecting with the son he adopted seventeen years ago from the only woman he ever loved. A road trip through the American

West uncovers long-held secrets—both Martin's and his son's—and becomes an exploration of whether the deep emotions that brought them together in the first place are more important than what could tear them apart.

"Emphatic exploration of fate, family, and finding one's way." —Claire Lombardo, The Most Fun We Ever Had

 

"A captivating exploration of identity." —Windy City Reviews

"Powerful and emotionally charged...lyrical and moving." —Veryan Willaims-Wynn, The Spirit Trap

 

BOOKS

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"Throughly delightful." —Barbara Monier, author of Pushing the River

WALKS WITH SAM: A Man, a Dog, and a Season of Awakening

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Five-Star Reviews

THE CONSEQUENCE OF STARS

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A WELL-RESPECTED MAN

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OCTOBER SONG

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E-Journal 
 

MEDIA

SAN FRANCISCO BOOK REVIEW

Things Behind the Sun

"That rare combination of involving story with philosophical questions of how we travel through life "

N.N. LIGHT REVIEWS

"This book shines as a stunning modern Kerouac. Written by a gifted author, this book simply flows like a river running its natural course."

Thomas E. Kennedy, author of The Copenhagen Quartet

"David W. Berner has given us a beautiful, elegantly written book in the tradition of To Sir With Love."

Lin Brehmer, WXRT

"Night Radio is as irresistible as those old records we played."

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW

A Well-Respected Man

Honoree: Society of Midland Authors, 2019

"Absorbing. Love, loss, and transformation are common themes in novels but they assume more literary proportions under David W. Berner's approach, which winds messages about choice, consequences, and wider-ranging life changes into a saga of male and female interactions and perceptions."

MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW 

The Consequence of Stars

"A vivid approach to the memoir form that almost defies the typical self-focused nature of the genre."

WINDY CITY REVIEWS 

"Lyrically written with earthy language, Berner shares intimate details of a life seeking and understanding his place 'to be'"

WINDY CITY REVIEWS

October Song

Royal Dragonfly Award Winner

 

"October Song is a beautifully authentic memoir that reminds us that there are no time limits on dreams, creativity is boundless, and nothing in life is finite." 

Rick Kogan, WGN Radio

"Accidental Lessons is a terrific memoir."

Chicago Book Review

"Berner's Night Radio is lyrical, philosophical, poetic." 

Janna Marlies Maron, editor/publisher, Under the Gum Tree

"Any Road Will Take You There—a Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year—is honest, raw, shameless. If On the Road is for a generation lost, Berner's book is for a generation looking to be found."

AWARDS

Society of Midland Authors, 2019, Adult Fiction Honoree

Independent Author Network, 2019, Finalist, Literary/General Fiction

 

A Well-Respected Man 

American Book Fest, Book of the Year Finalist, 2017

October Song 

Eric Hoffer Book Award, Grand Prize Finalist, 2019

Any Road Will Take You There

Chicago Writers Association, Book of the Year Award, 2013

 

Any Road Will Take You There.

Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature

October Song, 2015

Accidental Lessons, 2011

Chicago Book Review—Best Books of Year, 2015

There's a Hamster in the Dashboard

 

BIO

David W. Berner is a memoirist, essayist, fiction writer, and journalist. His memoirs reflect on our collective relationships and how those experiences link us to the world we share. David's stories are about fathers and sons, the redemptive power of road trips, travel, music, and the sage-like connections we share with pets. 

 

David was born in Pittsburgh, PA and now lives in the Chicago area. Along with his writing credentials, David has had a distinguished career as a broadcast journalist, reporting for the CBS Radio Network, WBBM Radio Chicago, and public radio outlets throughout America.

 

David's MEDIUM publication, THE WRITER SHED includes regular posts on writing and the creative process.

David is the recipient of honors and awards from The Society of Midland Authors, The Chicago Writers Association, and the Eric Hoffer Book Awards. He has been the Writer-in-Residence for the Jack Kerouac Project in Orlando, where he was privileged to live and work at the Kerouac House for two-and-a-half months. He later was honored as the Writer-in-Residence at the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace Home in Oak Park, Illinois.

Upcoming Events
Reading, Signing: Local Author Night, THE BOOK CELLAR, Chicago
The Book Cellar
Brooklyn Book Festival
Brooklyn Borough Hall
Virtual Book Launch: THINGS BEHIND THE SUN
https://www.facebook.com/DavidWBernerWriter
Let's Just Write Conference-POSTPONED
Warwick Allerton - Chicago
Galena, Il Literary Festival—Dinner with the Authors
Galena
Memoir Panel-Society of Midland Authors
Harold Washington Library Center, Chicag
Off Campus Writing Workshop -- Don't Think; Just Write
Winnetka Community House
Hemingway Discussion Series: A Moveable Read
Oak Park Public Library - Maze Branch
Frugal Muse Books
Frugal Muse Books, Music and Video
Denburn Woods Book Club
Downers Grove
Oswego, IL. Literary Festival
Oswego Village Hall
Denburn Woods Book Club
Downers Grove
Conversation With Valerie Hemingway
Oak Park Public Library - Main Library
 
 

CONTACT

For any media inquiries, please contact Adelaide Books or the author.

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