Finding Inspiration From The 60s In A Connecticut Landfill

NEPR's Summer Fiction Series

The writer David K. Leff has published poetry and non-fiction, and now a novel using verse.

“Finding the Last Hungry Heart” is the next book in our Summer Fiction series. In it, we meet Caleb Dempster, resident keeper of the landfill and dump in a small Connecticut town. He is a disillusioned idealist from the 60s.

Many years later, a group of bored teenagers ask him to talk about what it was like to be around during Vietnam, JFK and Mrs. Robinson. Leff, who lives in Collinsville, Connecticut, says Caleb and the teens are inspired by what they learn.