The Witch's Season was Terry Frei's first novel,
and its roots go back
He began it in high school and after many restarts, finished it as an adult.
On one of the nation's cauldron campuses during the 1968 Nixon-
Humphrey presidential campaign, Cascade University President Neal
Hassler is caught between militant students and an irate citizenry.
Under statewide criticism, he is defiant in public as he unravels
behind the scenes. His primary student antagonists are SDS leader
Annie Laughlin and Jake Powell, chairman of the Campus Coalition
Against the War.
They're close to student journalist Kit Dunleavy,
who struggles to balance her relationships
with the radicals and'
her theoretical objectivity.
Complicating matters and infuriating fans,
Jake also is a starting
linebacker for the
Cascade Fishermen football team, expected to
O.J. Simpson and the USC Trojans for the Pacific 8
Coach Larry Benson, a World War II pilot criticized for allowing
his players to participate in campus politics, faces pressure to
both tighten the reins, especially with Powell and star tailback
Ricky Hilton, and win at all costs.
campus and national unrest, the Fishermen -- an eclectic
with several star players and bright young coaches destined
bigger things -- encounter triumph, controversy, and disappointment.
the ensemble cast's fates are intertwined in a fall that
The Witch's Season.