Paul Walsh was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, a place that has found a way to marry the past, present, and future in such a phenomenal way. In his debut novel, Lemonade, Paul utilizes the transformation of the city of Bethlehem as a mirror for the experiences of the main character, Allen Barrett, as he goes through the trials and tribulations of growing up. Paul is the Artistic Director of the Literary Arts at the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He both heads the Literary Arts Program and teaches writing courses within the department. He is dedicated to instilling in his students that they each have a voice worth hearing and a story worth telling. His goal is to use this first novel as an example to his students and many others that one need not pen an intricate tale to impact people
Allen Barrett is like so many of us. He too wants to know what will happen tomorrow as he struggles to make choices today. Allen feels the weight of each and every choice in his life. He knows that the simplest of choices can prove to be the catalyst for the biggest of changes. But there is no way of knowing which choices are the ones that will change us forever. How much of the past must we keep by our side in order to make a better tomorrow? How much of the past must we leave behind in order to move forward at all? Can our choices today move us toward a repurposed past? Allen struggles with these questions as his hometown of Bethlehem does the same, unable to decide what to do with the remnants of the old steel factory that dominate the landscape of the city. We all miss something. We all want to get back to something. What is that thing you so desperately want to get back to? What is your lemonade?