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Moore memorializes West Newton in novel

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By Desiree Declaudio
Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

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, 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.

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