The Carpenter clan is a family that pulsates with contradictions: religious and raucous, tender but terrible, unfortunate yet irrepressible. These tales celebrate the glorious and gut – wrenching lives of four generations of Carpenter’s raised on the Saint Lawrence River in Clayton, New York. Tales of underwater tea parties, drowning lessons and drives to the dump give voice to multi-generations of family life in a small river town with an undercurrent. Swift, unexpected, and powerful as the river itself.
“an unexpected gift that promises to leave us longing for more empathic vignettes from this comfortable, compelling voice.” Booklist Review of CD Diving and Emerging
You don’t have to be a St. Lawrence “river rat” to be mesmerized by Regi Carpenter’s work. It transcends time and space to embody the essence of storytelling, connection: with each other, with our histories, and with our own humanity—deceptively imbedded in flat-out, full-tilt entertainment. She is among the very best of a talent-studded field. Caren Niele, Producer, Adventura Arts and Cultural Center, Adventura, Florida
Love is War is a first person narrative of Private Carl Carpenter’s Second World War experience as an eighteen year old foot soldier in the Philippines and reintegration into civilian life. Shipped out from a small town in northern New York, Pvt. Carpenter goes from lightheartedly training with broomsticks to harrowing trench warfare on the island of Luzon. Meeting his future wife on a blind date we understand how love sustains him during a time of war and saves him in its aftermath. Filled with period music and historic detail , this important story remembers the soldiers and families of World War II.
“It was the Christmas of the aluminum tree with the revolving colored lights. Mother wandered with her wintergreen spritzer and sniffed, ‘You know kids, it just doesn’t smell like Christmas this year.’
It was the Christmas of Bendable Barbie. That day would bring all the Christmas’s before it to a culmination and make all the ones after, unmemorable.” Thus begins the Carpenter Christmas journey told through Regi’s eyes as we understand the gifts of the season although battered, are never broken.