Goodbye Woodstock

The Last Reunion

Fiction - Womens
323 Pages
Reviewed on 09/22/2023
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Author Biography

About the Author - M.H. Sullivan

Prior to moving to New Hampshire in 1977, the author spent most of the previous 20+ years living overseas. As the daughter of a U.S. State Department diplomat, she lived in Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Ethiopia.
After graduating from Boston University, Maureen worked in Washington, D.C. as a travel agent and then as a staff aide on Capitol Hill. After getting her Master’s degree from Simmons College Graduate Program in Management, Maureen worked as a technical writer in the software industry and later in the medical devices industry. She moved to NH in 1977, married in 1978, and has lived in NH ever since. She has two daughters and a granddaughter.
Maureen was the publisher of the Southern NH Children’s Directory and related publications from 1994 to 1999. She is the author of three novels and a memoir.

Books by M.H. Sullivan:

Trail Magic: Lost in Crawford Notch

The Sullivan Saga: Memories of an Overseas Childhood

Jet Trails: Looking for Blue Skies

Goodbye Woodstock: The Last Reunion

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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Goodbye Woodstock: The Last Reunion by M.H. Sullivan revolves around the Love & Peace Commune in the Oregon forest, where preparations for their annual Woodstock Reunion are underway. Those connected to the commune and the event are all going through personal difficulties. Ceil and Sky are waiting for test results; Kate has a troubling dream of a disaster on the horizon; and Ceil worries about her brother Spencer's interest in commune land as her mother suffers from dementia. Many commune members are able to reach heightened states of consciousness, accessing a timestream, flight, and even shape-shifting. More arrivals come for the Woodstock Reunion as the threat of a natural disaster gets stronger, and a death that puts the commune in danger heightens the stakes.

As a woman who was born and raised in San Francisco, I'm acutely familiar with the hippie lifestyle, spiritual connectivity, and gorgeous Redwoods trees that line the Pacific Coast and are central to Goodbye Woodstock by M.H. Sullivan. I was born a decade after Woodstock, but I adore the genuine love those who attended share, and Sullivan's characters bring its still-resonating spirit back to life. The reunion itself is only part of the story. Woodstock brings the group together, but it is the forest commune that binds them to the land and to one another. The music is a bonus. I loved that each character has their own full backstory, and Sullivan develops them wonderfully. The esoteric scenes come across as authentic and moving, and that makes the fear of impending danger connect to a reader on another level. Overall, this is a well-written and absorbing novel, and I have no doubt it will be received with love by those who read it.

K.C. Finn

Goodbye Woodstock: The Last Reunion is a work of fiction in the women’s fiction, interpersonal drama, and nostalgia subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author M.H. Sullivan. This poignant and nostalgic tale captures the essence of the 60s-era idealism and community spirit. Set 50 years after the iconic Woodstock festival, the story revolves around the Love & Peace Commune in Oregon as they plan their annual Woodstock Reunion weekend. Ceil and Sky, former hippie residents of the commune, are determined to make this reunion special as Sky battles cancer. However, fate and Mother Nature have other plans in store.

Author M.H. Sullivan has crafted a heartwarming experience that beautifully blends nostalgia with contemporary challenges. The characters are richly developed, and their personal journeys, secrets, and conflicts all contribute different points of emotional complexity to the narrative. Ceil's struggle to protect the commune's land from her brother, the arrival of her daughter Summer with hidden truths, and the premonition of an impending natural disaster create a compelling through-line as we dip in and out of her drama and see her changing under those challenges. The commune's strong sense of community and connection to nature, particularly their grove of giant redwoods, adds an extra layer of presence to the story, the trees symbolizing the resilience and the spirit of a generation. Overall, Goodbye Woodstock is a reminder of the enduring power of love, peace, and unity in the face of adversity. It's a beautifully written story that tugs at the heartstrings and leaves you with a sense of hope and nostalgia for a bygone era, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to one and all.

Asher Syed

In the metaphysical novel Goodbye Woodstock: The Last Reunion by M.H. Sullivan, the Love and Peace Commune in Brookings, Oregon, is a space for the harmony and healing of nature. Ceil, a midwife, grapples with her partner Sky's diagnosis, finding solace amidst redwood groves, while Kate's Pacific Crest Trail journey is disrupted by eerie dreams of impending disaster. As they unravel mysteries, family legacies and land disputes surface, and Kate's visions intensify, forging an unlikely alliance within the commune. Against the backdrop of an upcoming planned Woodstock Reunion, the bonds of love and unity are tested as the general strain, which is the antithesis of the commune, grows. But it's the looming natural disaster that will compel them to confront their collective intertwined destinies and reveal to them the commune's ancient trees' true power.

At its heart, Goodbye Woodstock by M.H. Sullivan is a tale of unpredictable fate and the impact of choices, both in the face of impending catastrophe and in the wake of the everyday issues that we must contend with. In its soul, Sullivan gives readers a grounded center and chapters set to a soundtrack that we can cling to. Fifty years after the Woodstock Music and Art Fair, we are still drawn to stories of it and what follows. Sullivan digs deeper and raises our view above a forest canopy to view in near cinematic detail love, death, and community. There is a scene where an innocent of the next generation is saved where others in the plot have their lives here come to a close, and Sullivan reminds us in clarity of life's eternal circle and the enduring power of community and music. Very highly recommended.