Nine Decades - Nine Lives: A Life in Pieces

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20th Century (multiple decades)


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Curley Curvin's 96 unique years from 1918 (his voice)- funny, heartbreaking, dangerous, unusual adventures. It tells of his life's struggles, held at gunpoint to the unusual ways he made a buck, including 'Diggin' up Skunks & Pickin' Pigeons. A unique look into jukeboxes, pinball machines.and more.



Short Summary

The prologue begins with Curley and his mother at the end of a shotgun at the mercy of his alcoholic father. It describes life in Ontario Canada in 1918 and how hard Curley worked to help build a summer resort with his dad, cottage by cottage - hunting and trapping to make a living.

Curley dies at the end of the book, after living through many life lessons and unique adventures, but the epilogue actually tells the ending of the prologue -being held at gunpoint and a twist to the story - he sells his dad's gun, which eventually comes back to haunt Curley as was used in shooting.


Peterborough, Youngs Point, Wilberforce, Campbellford, Ontario, Canada

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Substance Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Maxwell Allenby Curvin - Curley

Age: life long story - 1918 to 2014

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Desperate,Heroic,Masculine,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Visionary,Manipulative

Additional Character Details

Name: Muriel Curvin

Age: through her lifetime

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aggressive,Religious,Blunt,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: 3 brothers

Age: born one year apart

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Desperate,Heroic,Insecure,Masculine,Obedient

Additional Character Details

Name: daughter

Age: life span

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Complex,Empathetic,Faithful,Flexible,Modest,Visionary

Development Pitch

This would make an epic, unique movie. It simply has a storyline that I haven't seen before! While growing up I and others always loved my dad's stories. They were funny, unique, and people loved to listen to them and repeat them. The fact that so many of his years and stories dealt with slot machines, pinball machines and jukeboxes makes his storyline a fresh new adventure. The book is filled with danger and death, but his best-loved stories are unique and funny, such as "Pickin' Pigeons & Diggin' Skunks'. I've never seen a movie with these stories. Times were tough and my dad had to think of different ways to make a buck. It deals with the horror of mental health and addiction, then and now, which is such a big issue!. Every time my husband and I watch Clint Eastwood's lastest movies, it freaks us out how much he looks and acts like my dad. I have a chapter in the book about Clint Eastwood and 'Gran Torino'. Curley was a badass that would stop and fix your dryer for you. lol Young and old can learn and like this storyline. With a Romeo & Juliette plot in the middle and lots of food for thought wrapped into this book. I and those who knew him think it would make an awesome, unique movie and I keep visualizing Clint playing the part of the older Curley!! I yearn for a book that starts off catching my attention and has stories I haven't heard before: My book does that and so much more!

About The Author

CONNIE MCCRACKENBook Description – Nine Decades – Nine Lives: A Life in Pieces Warning: This book may cause moments of laughter, giggles, crying, wonder, and reflection. There are unique stories you probably have not heard before and others that will sound familiar and resonate with you. “Slow down, take little breaths, and keep swallowing, Curley,” I said to myself, “or you are going to die this night.” Maxwell “Curley” Curvin lived a life filled with mischief, struggle, love of nature, family, work, and heartbreak. He would share those stories, often with embellishment, yet with the most attentive audiences, throughout his ninety years on this planet. Some would say that Curley was a master at storytelling. His daughter, Connie McCracken, felt that his story would make an awesome, unique movie. With new story lines needed, his experiences would fit the bill. Also a chapter regarding Clint Eastwood is in the book, because watching several of Clint’s movies it drove her crazy as though she was watching her dad – with many of the same mannerisms and facial expressions. Curley was so much like many of the characters that Clint portrayed, especially in later years. Curley also was a master at pinball machines, jukeboxes, and making music for everyone to enjoy. He loved to make people happy by giving them a bit of respite while staying at his resort near Peterborough, Ontario. His daughter, an accomplished author, Connie McCracken, a good storyteller herself, has taken a different approach to her writing style with her third book – telling stories in her dad’s Canadian drawl… his voice. “People with ideas for books should take the time to research and write them, especially memoirs or nonfiction ones so history will be retained in a bound format.” ~ Ed Arnold, journalist, retired managing editor of The Peterborough Examiner Nine Decades – Nine Lives: A Life in Pieces is not your typical memoir. It is one that takes you on a visual tour of a man who lived a life of adventures, not always happy, not always sad, but many unique. Even if unfamiliar with Curley or the Peterborough area, this book will certainly entertain. It could make you laugh; it could make you cry. It could even make you scratch or shake your head and say, “Hmm. I’ve never heard a story like that before.”

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,Male Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Cpurageous Women Publications

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available