Promises of Love

Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention-Best General Fiction
Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention Best Genre Fiction
Readers’ Favorite International Book Award-Honorable Mention-Best Fiction-Drama

A product of usually beautiful but sometimes cruel southern Appalachia, Daniel Friend overcomes poverty, abuse, and personal tragedy to establish an identity. Inspired by the strength and love of his older sister, he realizes the power of education to lead him to a life he has imagined for himself— the pinnacle of his ambition is to graduate from Harvard University. That he does not get this opportunity, devastating as it is to his life plan, does not prevent him from becoming a beloved doctor, loving husband and father.

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Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention-Best General Fiction
Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention Best Genre Fiction
Readers’ Favorite International Book Award-Honorable Mention-Best Fiction-Drama

A product of usually beautiful but sometimes cruel southern Appalachia, Daniel Friend overcomes poverty, abuse, and personal tragedy to establish an identity. Inspired by the strength and love of his older sister, he realizes the power of education to lead him to a life he has imagined for himself— the pinnacle of his ambition is to graduate from Harvard University. That he does not get this opportunity, devastating as it is to his life plan, does not prevent him from becoming a beloved doctor, loving husband and father.

Although well-meaning, he stumbles in his relationship with his two children as he tries to interject his own preferences into their lives. A deeply felt story of love, the novel examines the boundaries of a family, of its secrets, of the complex web family relationships can weave. Finally, the novel examines the damage that abandonment, poverty, and childhood neglect can do to a human personality, damage that sometimes cannot be overcome.

What People Say

Life can be hard, especially in impoverished areas, and that is exactly what Daniel Friend experienced as a child. Promises of Love by David Selby follows the sorrows and successes of Daniel from the death of his young mother from a botched abortion to his old age, introspectively analyzing his life. Raised by his sister, Dee, after their father’s suicide, Daniel strives to succeed academically and professionally, in spite of the negative, defeatist attitudes he had heard constantly up to that point. Becoming a prominent surgeon and returning to the mountain country of his youth, Daniel finally marries, has a family, and continues to strive to be the best he can be. Unfortunately, that means guiding his children according to his plans and dreams even though that path is not necessarily the right one. The question becomes, what is the promise of love when someone is ruled by strong mental will and specific dreams?

Social and cultural expectations change over time and Promises of Love by David Selby offers an intimate look at this process in action. From the post World War II poverty in mountainous Virginia through the protests of the 1960s and beyond, the world changes around Daniel Friend without him really accepting it. Deeply insightful and meticulously detailed, Promises of Love includes you in the main character’s struggles through the years so that you can feel all the pain, hope, disappointment and joy as Daniel lives out his life and pursues his dreams. It is said that the unexamined life is one that is not worth living, but at what point does the examination get in the way of actually living your life? Promises of Love is a well written and engrossing story that provides you with a wonderful opportunity to ponder that question through Daniel’s eyes and leaves you taking a good look at your own opinions and choices. The impact of this story lasts well beyond the last page. —Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite

Year Published

2015

Author

David Selby

Cover

Paperback

Size

6 x 9

Pages

320

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About the Author

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David Selby was born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia. He received his B.S. and M.A. degrees from West Virginia University and a Ph.D degree from Southern Illinois University. He and his wife, Chip, fund a Guest Artist Series at WVU. In 1989, he was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus of West Virginia University, and in May of 1992, he received the Distinguished Alumnus award from the College of Communications and Fine Art at Southern Illinois University. He received his first Life Achievement Award by the W.V.U College of Creative Arts in 1998. In 2002, the governor of WV presented him with the Distinguished West Virginian Award. In 2004, he delivered the commencement address at WVU and was awarded an honorary doctorate.

He was inducted into the Cleveland Playhouse Hall of Fame in 1994 and in 1999 received the Millennium Recognition Award from The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. Mr. Selby and his wife ran a summer children’s musical theatre in New York for ten years before moving to Los Angeles. Mr. Selby met Chip when he was performing in Honey in the Rock in Beckley, West Virginia, her hometown.

David began his professional career in regional theatres, such as the Barter Theatre and the Cleveland Playhouse. He starred in “The Children’s Hour” with Joanne Woodward and Shirley Knight at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, with Sandy Dennis in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” with Jill Clayburgh in “The Devil’s Disciple” at the American Shakespeare Festival, in “Toys in the Attic” directed by Pat Hingle at the McCarter Theatre, in “Ribcage” by Larry Ketron at Stage West and the Manhattan Theatre Club, with Geraldine Page in “Woman in Paris” at Adelphi University, in “Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2” at the Goodman Theatre, in “Playboy of the Western World” at Playwright’s Horizons, in “The Heiress” with Jane Alexander and Richard Kiley at the Kennedy Center and on Broadway, with Jane Alexander in “Hedda Gabler,” and with Betsy Palmer in “Eccentricities of a Nightingale” at the Studio Arena and on Broadway.

He starred with Shirley Knight again in Oliver Hailey’s “I Won’t Dance” at the Studio Arena Theatre. His long list of Broadway and off-Broadway plays also includes “Siamese Connections” and David Rabe’s “Sticks and Bones” at the New York Public Theatre, “For God and Country and Miss Corrine,” N. Richard Nash’s “Echoes,” “The Unseen Hand” and “Forensic and the Navigator” by Sam Shephard, “The Family” at the Westside Theatre directed by Barry Davis, and with Jack MacGowran in “Ghandi” directed by Jose Quintero.

In Los Angeles he starred in “Slugger” at the Gelfen Playhouse directed by Marshall Mason. He was the Count in the L.A. Classic Theatre’s production of “The Rehearsal,” received the Drama Logue Award for his portrayal of John Proctor in “The Crucible,” at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, performed A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” at the Pasadena Playhouse, and received another Drama Logue Award for his portrayal of the Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon in “Night of the Iguana,” again at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. He starred in “Money and Friends” for the Ahmanson Theatre, directed by Michael Blakemore. He was Benedict in “Much Ado About Nothing” with Kelly McGillis at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., directed by Michael Kahn, and starred in “The Perfectionist” by Joyce Carol Oates with Betty Buckley at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ. He appeared as James Tyrone in “Long Day’s Journey into Night” with Ellen Burstyn at the Alley Theatre in Houston, Texas, and at the Hartford Stage Co.

He has performed his play “Lincoln and James,” in Morgantown and Charleston, WV, and in Washington D.C. He starred in Conor McPherson’s one-man play “St. Nicholas” at Hartford Stage. In Jan, 2009, Mr. Selby starred as Abraham Lincoln in the critically-acclaimed production of “The Heavens Are Hung in Black,” especially commissioned for the re-opening of Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC. He again starred as Lincoln in a new play, Necessary Sacrifices, at Ford’s 2 years later. In 2013, he starred in “Divine Rivalry” at the Old globe Theatre in San Diego.

Mr. Selby’s feature films include “Rich and Famous” directed by George Cukor with Candice Bergin and Jackie Bissett, “Rich Kids” with John Lithgow, “Raise the Titantic” with Ann Archer and Jason Robards, “Super Cops” with Ron Liebman, “Up the Sandbox” with Barbra Streisand, “Night of Dark Shadows” with Kate Jackson, directed by Dan Curtis, an AFI film “Point of Departure,” a Canadian feature “The Girl in Blue” with Maud Adams, “Dying Young” with Campbell Scott and Julia Roberts, ”White Squall” with Jeff Bridges, “Headless Body” with Paul Williams, “Mighty Ducks III,” and “Alone” with Hume Cronyn and James Earl Jones.

He appeared in “Surviving Christmas” with Ben Affleck and James Gandolfini, “Shadow of Fear” with James Spader, Peter Coyote, and Adain Quinn; “Larva” and “Black Hole” for Science Fiction Cable, and “End Game.”

“Spin” “Unknown,” “Run For Her Life” with Sam Shepherd, and “The Social Network,” directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin.

His most recent film is “You Are Here,” with Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler and Zach Galifianakis, produced by Matthew Weiner, the producer of the TV series “Mad Men.” He starred as Commissioner Gordon in Warners recent animated DVD release “The Dark Knight Returns.”

For television, he created the roles of Quentin Collins on “Dark Shadows,” Michael Tyrone on “Flamingo Road,” Richard Channing on “Falcon Crest,” and Xavier Trout on “Soldier of Fortune, Inc.” He starred as Arthur, opposite Jane Alexander, in the HBO series “Tell Me Your Love Me.”

Television credits also include such miniseries as “Washington: Behind Closed Doors” and “King of the Olympics,” in addition to numerous movies of the week including “Alone,” with James Earl Jones and Hume Cronin for Showtime and “Deck the Halls,” a holiday mystery for TNT with Jane Alexander. He has guest starred on many series, including ”Ally McBeal” and “ Mind of the Married Man,” and most recently in “Cold Case,” and “Raising The Bar,” and “Mad Men.” His most recent appearance was on “Rizzoli and Isles.”

He enjoys recording classics before live audiences for L A Theatre Works’ radio series for National Public Radio. Among numerous appearances, he recreated his stage role in Joyce Carol Oates’ “The Perfectionist,” starred in “State of the Union” with Lindsey Crouse, in Horton Foote’s “Young Man from Atlanta,” with Shirley Knight, and in Lillian Hellman’s “The Autumn Garden” with Julie Harris, Eric Stolz, and Mary Steenburgen.

He was Queeg for a production of “Mutiny on the Bounty” for Voice of America, which he also recently recorded for L A Theatre Works. His most recent performances for NPR was in “Pack of Lies.” For the BBC, he has recorded “On the Waterfront” and can be heard as Mitch in “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams and as Dr. John Buchannon, Sr., in Tennessee Williams’ “Summer and Smoke.” For NPR he was in “Pack of Lies,” and most recently was the voice of Van Helsing in “Dracula.”

Mr. Selby is also a writer. He has written two books of poetry, My Mother’s Autumn, and Happenstance. A collection of pictures and writings about his career are found in In and Out of the Shadows. A Better Place is a social, political commentary.

His book, Lincoln’s Better Angel, enters on an evening with a African American Vietnam War veteran, who works for the US Parks Service cleaning the Lincoln Memorial, and the 16th president, who comes down off the memorial to discuss current events and how they relate to what went on in Mr. Lincoln’s life and presidency. The novel was first written as a play and has had numerous productions. His play about mountaintop mining, “Final Assault,” has also been performed several times, most recently in Canton, Ohio and published as a novel, The Blue Door.

Also published is My Shadowed Past in which Mr. Selby reflects on his personal and professional life in the 1960s when America was experiencing profound social and political changes. Mr. Selby, who joined the cast of the ABC-TV series “Dark Shadows” in 1968 as the mysterious Quentin Collins, documents the ongoing devotion of many fans to Dark Shadows and its special historical context.