Read the interview with Murray on Southern Authors HERE
Read the article featuring Murray on Online Athens HERE
"The pursuit of love will take one far and wide through life. Meet Me On the Paisley Roof is a tale of Trussell Jones, a boy in love with no way to declare it. Oppressed under a nutty stepmother, Trussell's pursuit of Ellen is a truly unique tale with no shortage of zany and offbeat happenings. Original, fresh, and highly entertaining, Meet Me On the Paisley Roof is a choice addition to fiction collections."
- Midwest Book Review
- Dan Roper, Editor, Georgia Backroads Magazine
"There are many lessons that children need to learn in life. Many learn by the examples set by their parents and other family member, others on their own. But, sometimes there are children that are not so lucky and they either succeed on their own because of their own determination to rise above their circumstances or they flounder and fall until they finally realize what they want in life. Trussell Jones, a teenage boy of 16 years old growing up Columbus, Georgia in the 1950’s is like most teenagers who had dreams of driving his first car, getting his license and having a girlfriend and of course doing and saying ridiculous things to get noticed. He has the ire of his stepmother Loretta who he calls the Shrimp Boat and the love of many people in this small town who try to help him survive without the love of his real parents and a family of his own. This brings me to my review of Meet Me on the Paisley Roof by Murray Tillman.
Every one has a place in this world and Trussell does too. Like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that has to be completed carefully not to fall apart and have to put together again, so does Trussell finally realize the missing piece to the puzzle in his life and where the last piece will finally fit and so will he. The final piece and what he decides to do with his life you will have to read for yourself.
Many lessons are taught by the author of this inspiring and book about a young man who was really wiser than his 16 years and who comes full circle in this book. From a confused boy who has no direction and no plans for his future to a young man who finally sees where his life is going and how his friendships with the Cassidy, Russell and their family helped him cement his future. As his Aunt Cora so aptly puts it, “ If this is God’s will for your life, then we will make it happen.”
Breaking away from his stepmother, formulating a great plan and a totally unpredictable ending that will endear this young man and his friends in your heart forever. Mistakes are made; road trips that will astound the reader and make you laugh and wonder just where this young man is going, twists, turns and more. You have to read this book to know that children in the 50’s are not any different that children today. The times are different but what kids need is the same: Love, Family and Understanding.
Real or fictitious whether the events in this story really happened, it will remind you that all teenagers have issues and need to find themselves whether now or in the past. This book is a must read for all young adults to learn that you need a direction in life and there is nothing wrong with asking for help in finding your right path. To learn whether Trussell Jones succeeds in getting all three you need to Meet Him On the Paisley Roof and just ask. "
- Fran Lewis, BookPleaures
Read the full review HERE