LET ME TELL A STORY
A mix of short fiction and memoir, Let Me Tell A Story is quite a departure from the military crime novels Betit has published in the past.
“I like to call them woulda-coulda-shoulda stories,” he says. “All of them contain more than one grain of truth. Usually, a lot more.”
Let Me Tell A Story is a collection of first-person stories that take place over a 60-year period.
The book starts with a tale about a 12-year-old boy who learns some important life lessons during a family trip to Aroostook County. It ends with a piece about an elderly Brunswick couple learning some lessons of their own while coming to grips with old ages. In between, readers meet old soldiers and young soldiers, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, disc jockeys and drug dealers and other sordid types.
Half of the ten stories in Let Me Tell A Story are set in Maine. A number of them were inspired by the Betit’s experiences during the Vietnam War and its aftermath.