Moore memorializes West Newton in novel
West Newton native Stewart “Stew” Moore wrote his first novel, “Sarah's Secret”, in 2003. Until recently, the book has been sitting in a drawer.
Jack and Marilyn Cusick decided to donate a copy of the novel to the West Newton Library. “I knew that he (Stew) always wanted to write a book, so I figured it should be shared with the community,” said Marilyn Cusick.
The book aims to describe the lives of the Silent Generation — those who were born in the early 1930s. The story begins in 1945 in the town of New Riverton and follows two young boys and their friends through the ensuing decades.
Many of the names of characters and places have been changed, but most of the stories in the book originate from actual events in West Newton.
Stew was born in 1933 and raised in West Newton. “I think writing was just in his blood,” said Cathy Moore, Stew's wife. After attending college at Penn State University as a ROTC cadet, Stew always found himself in writing jobs, including a corporate communication position at Westinghouse. He even won multiple awards for his writing.
“You have to understand that times were different then. No one had cell phones, and you only went home for lunch. You also knew that Aunt Sarah would be watching you and would tell your parents if you did anything wrong,” said Cathy Moore.
“We are all having a lot of fun trying to figure out who each person in the story represents because most of them would be real people that we knew. It is bringing back wonderful memories,” said Marilyn.
“Everyone has been telling me that the story is a page-turner because the answer to the mystery is at the end,” said Cathy Moore.
“Sarah's Secret” is available for purchase on Amazon.com, or for check out at the West Newton Library.
Because of health reasons, “Sarah's Secret” will be the only novel that Stew will be able to complete. Stewart and Cathy now reside in Aiken, S.C.
Desiree DeClaudio is a contributing writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- New York City hunkers down as Nor’easter threatens blizzard conditions
- Rossi: Crosby’s debt to NHL paid in full
- Funeral for Joey Fabus, honorary Bethel Park police officer, draws crowd
- WVa natural gas line explodes near Ohio border
- Pitt coach Narduzzi adds N.J. linebacker recruit
- Leechburg Road to reopen after two-vehicle accident
- Murrysville Atria’s damaged by fire
- Starkey: Rinaldo doesn’t belong in NHL
- Energy companies vie for experienced workers with skills in high demand
- ‘Free’ wine kiosk initiative costs state Liquor Control Board $300K
- Increasing pressure on QBs will be offseason focus for Steelers