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The community is celebrating with local author Kali Gadomski as positive reviews roll in for her debut novel, "The Carry Out," which was released this past spring. Family, friends and other supporters joined Gadomski at the Locke Lake Colony Association lodge in Barnstead on Sunday, Aug. 22 to celebrate the release of the book. (Photo by Katherine Lesnyk) (click for larger version)
August 25, 2021
BARNSTEAD — The community is celebrating with local author Kali Gadomski as positive reviews roll in for her debut novel, "The Carry Out," which was released this past spring.

Family, friends and other supporters joined Gadomski at the Locke Lake Colony Association lodge in Barnstead on Sunday, Aug. 22 to celebrate the release of the book.

The young adult fiction novel follows high school student Tate Rodriguez as he attempts to reach his goal of acting as drum major in his school's marching band in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. With this accomplishment, he hopes to make his late father, who died in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, proud. When money to get to the parade gets tight, Rodriguez brings together his friend Max and another bandmate named Cameron to put together a punk band, so they can perform in an upcoming talent show and potentially win the cash prize. The trio faces a series of obstacles as they try to reach their goal, and they each face their own internal struggles along the way.

"I have always wanted to write a fiction novel. It's been a dream of mine since I was a kid," Gadomski said. "I've been writing short stories throughout my life here and there, and then I finally decided, 'You know what, I want to do it.'"

Gadomski's inspiration for "The Carry Out" came from many sources, including songs and places she's visited that put pieces of the story together.

"I've always loved to just...let my imagination go and create what I can," she said.

"The Carry Out" was released through Seacoast Press in Portsmouth in March. Gadomski, who grew up in Barnstead and graduated from Prospect Mountain High School (PMHS) in 2014, said that she edited three drafts herself to get it "pristine" and then submitted it to Seacoast Press in December. She said that Seacoast Press allowed her to have a lot of input into the cover art and other aspects of the book as the publishing process moved along. Her editor worked closely with her to make sure her writing style was maintained, and that the plot points that Gadomski felt were the most important stayed the way she wanted them.

The book has now been available for sale since early spring 2021. Gadomski said that the book reached number one on three Amazon book charts: music fiction, inspirational and personal growth, and family e-books.

In addition to the event in Barnstead, there were press releases for the book on over 100 websites across the country.

A signed copy of "The Carry Out" will be available in the PMHS library. It can be purchased online on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and it can be ordered at local independent bookstores.

Gadomski said that her second book is in the works, and will be released some time in 2022.

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