Local construction worker turned author publishes first novel

NORWICH – It’s no secret that lifelong upstate New York resident Herman Sherwood-Sitts is a construction worker.

Over the years he’s had a hand in numerous local construction projects, pouring over 300 yards of concrete for the County Road 33 bridge, operating a jackhammer during construction of the original Morrisville State College Norwich Campus, operating a man-lift while erecting the red steel for the new YMCA and framing steel studs at the new Oxford Veteran’s Home.



What might surprise people, however, is Sherwood-Sitts’ passion for writing. That and the successful publication of his first short novel in December of 2010.

“Cross Cut Alley” is an engaging piece of young adult fiction which tells the tale of young Benny Black and his faithful dog Max, set in a fictional small town in New Jersey approximately 50 years ago.

Filled with a wealth of imagery which faithfully recreates the feel of small-town America in the early 1960’s, the book addresses a number of moral issues – from bullying, friendship, kindness and family to racism, crime and corruption.


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