Press Release for Let It Be: A Novel by Chad Gayle

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New York, NY (3/13/2013) — Bracket Books will publish Chad Gayle’s novel Let It Be in trade paperback and eBook formats on May 8, 2013, exactly forty-three years after the Beatles released their final album, Let It Be, the recording project that contributed to the band’s demise.

The Beatles’ Let It Be project was supposed to bring the members of the frayed band closer together, but the recording sessions associated with the album introduced new pressures that drove the Beatles even further apart. In Chad Gayle’s novel, Let It Be, the album’s tortured history becomes a metaphor for the struggles of the Jansens, a Texas family that has been ripped apart by an ugly divorce, as Mr. Gayle harnesses the energy and sentiment of eight tracks from the Beatles’ Let It Be to tell this moving story.

In Mr. Gayle’s novel, Michelle Jansen uproots her family and moves to Amarillo, Texas, where she struggles to meet the emotional needs of her two children and continually rebuffs the demands of her overbearing ex-husband. Finding love and support in the arms of a coworker who is as much of a Beatles fan as she is, she gains the confidence and strength that she needs to stand on her own, but she is blindsided by an unexpected betrayal when her ex turns her very own son against her. After a family that has already been split down the middle is thrown into chaos, it’s up to Michelle to find a path toward healing and forgiveness, a way to right the wrongs that have hurt them all.

Chad Gayle has written for literary journals and trade publications. He worked for several years at Poetry Magazine and taught English at both Meredith College and Texas A&M University before he started writing full time. His debut novel, Let It Be, will be available at,, and at retail outlets where paperbacks are sold on May 8, 2013.