Onset author to sign copies of 'Lost in Love Grass' June 9 and 10

By Matthew Bernat | Jun 05, 2017

After a career in the insurance business that spanned four decades, Onset’s Steve Rogers has started his second act in life as an author.

“I’m finally putting my English degree to good use,” said Rogers, who earned his degree from UMass Dartmouth in 1972 when it was known as Southeastern Massachusetts University.

So far, he has penned two children’s books and one novel, “Lost in Love Grass: The Fragmented Tale of an Alzheimer’s Afflicted Lifetime Duffer.”

On June 9 and 10, he will sign and sell copies of “Lost in Love Grass” at the Bay Pointe Country Club from noon to 1 p.m. on both days. All proceeds will benefit the Wareham Boys & Girls Club.

Published in 2010, “Lost in Love Grass” is told from the viewpoint of Mr. Ryan, an 80-year-old Alzheimer’s patient in poor health who doesn’t mince words.

“He’d prefer to be dead, but he’s alive and his only enjoyment in life is when he wheels himself from the nursing home’s recreation room to a putting green and experiences a transformation where his thoughts become lucid,” says Rogers.

The book deals with heavy themes – aging, illness, substance abuse – all told through the fatalistic yet humorous voice of the protagonist.

For the book, Rogers said he drew on his own experiences with Alzheimer’s. That includes caring for family members who suffered from the disease. A lifelong golfer, Rogers’ love of the game is shared by Mr. Ryan.

After retiring last year, Rogers has his sights set on writing another novel. That one, set in the same nursing home found in “Lost in Love Grass,” will focus on a patient there who is a former CIA operative. Right now, Rogers said he has the prologue and epilogue completed, as well as an outline.

“Now I just have to sit down and write 70,000 words,” said Rogers.

“Lost in Love Grass: The Fragmented Tale of an Alzheimer’s Afflicted Lifetime Duffer” is available for sale online at Amazon.com.

 

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