Call it a study guide or a readers’ guide or a reader’s guide — Here are some insights into the book’s creation, characters, places, and anything else you want to discuss about it.

ALWAYS LOVING YOU

Download a PDF of the free sheet music for personal use. This song is copyrighted. It cannot be revised, copied, sold or otherwise distributed, or performed for pay, without permission from the copyright owner, David A. Woodbury (contact). Wilton, one of the four main characters in Cold Morning Shadow, lands in Vietnam in 1969 as…

IS IT SPELLED CORRECTLY?

Beijing in China is called Peking in the book, and Tianjin is called Tientsin.  Why? 北京 in Chinese can be approximated or mispronounced in many different ways.  When Wilton (in the book) was there in 1970, it was Peking in English.  Now it’s Beijing.  In another twenty years it will probably be something else —…

WORD LISTS IN CHAPTER 27

Chapter One of Cold Morning Shadow begins with a quiz.  Not a quiz for you, the reader; it’s for the characters in the book who were sitting in eleventh grade English class.  The instructions for the first-day-of-school quiz were written on the blackboard: “For each letter of the alphabet, or for as many a letter…

WORD GAMES IN THE BOOK

In the story, Cold Morning Shadow, a deaf teenager warmly and confidently perseveres in stitching two families together. Deafness creates challenges in communication but doesn’t prevent it. Words are the units of language and can be written as well as spoken (and heard). If hearing is partially restored with hearing aids, then a deaf person…

POEMS IN C.M.S.

They pop up in various places throughout the novel — eight poems of varying length and tone. One is attributed to the character, Wilton: the song, “Always Loving You.” The next six are attributed to one or more of the other characters, and you’ll learn who that might be as you read the story. Here…

THIS BOOK IS NOT ABOUT CARS

In the novel, Cold Morning Shadow, three cars are prominent players. It doesn’t really matter what makes and models I might have chosen to include; many others could have filled those roles. But these are the automobiles I chose for their character. Not the first to appear in the novel but the first I want…