Henry Allen Talks Family Stories, Memories, and Inspiration for His Book "Where We Lived"

"It was all an accident. I’d long wanted to write about my father in the hackneyed hopes of redeeming his failures and celebrating his successes. This is not so much an ambition as it is a condition of manhood as the years wear on. But I couldn’t figure out how to make it work as a piece of writing. I grew desperate thinking that I was in the last quarter of my life and when I died, so many realities would die with me, unknown to my three children, and their children. Then I saw how to do it -- write about the house he grew up in, the site of a family triumph they thought would never end, a home place, a family seat."

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"Henry Allen is a Rhetorical Barnstormer" Writes Jack Greer in His Review of Where We Lived

"In a short space Where We Lived puts on display what Henry Allen does best, not just chronicling American life, but lifting the curtain, putting his finger on the pulse, nailing it. Allen has the reader nodding, thinking yes, that’s it, that’s the way it was." Jack Greer says in a Goodreads review. "In this touching remembrance, while we watch the inner machinations of an American family, we glimpse a portrait of the artist as a young boy, as an emerging man, as a seasoned talent. And as always with Henry Allen, the journey is entertaining, jarring, and insightful all along the way." Read Full Review Here.

"Kill the Ampaya demonstrates fine literary talent" according to Spitball magazine

In its review of Kill the Ampaya, Spitball, the Literary Baseball Magazine says: "Lovers of baseball short fiction looking for an infusion of fresh exciting material should get their hands on Kill The Ampaya! (Mandel Vilar Press) asap. Ranging from a faux-noir mystery with an O'Henry ending ("Winners and Losers" by Nan Chevalier) to a brilliantly worded and imagined memoir of a baseball broadcaster overlaid with political allusion ("The Real Thing" by Alexis Gomez Rosa), these 18 short stories from accomplished Latin American writers not only reflect a love of baseball equal to our own; they demonstrate fine literary talent previously inaccessible to us. Highly Recommended."