Book Club Mom, a book blogger and career librarian, posted a Q&A with Lillian McCloy in a feature titled “Who’s That Indie Author? Lillian McCloy” (May 22, 2020)

Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant is one of the book selections in “13 Book Recommendations to Read During Quarantine: Books to Read While Staying At Home.” (May 21, 2020)

Bookstr logo“The McCloy family had to adapt to everyday life – but in the strangest of circumstances. As Lillian depicts the delicate balance between normalcy and the extraordinary, her humor and wit shine throughout, bringing such a wild story down to earth with a deeply-embedded sense of human nature.” — Excerpt from the  feature article “Motherhood and the CIA: One Woman’s Incredible Memoir.” (May 9, 2020)

The April 2020 issue of Claremont-Elmwood Social magazine includes a two-page feature article about Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant. This print publication is sent to homeowners in Berkeley and Oakland. 

“.. . while the tale reveals the complexity and challenges of a spy family’s lifestyle, McCloy tells it with generous doses of humor and candor. Indeed, throughout the memoir, McCloy shares a multitude of odd, eye-opening and incredible tales with inimitable wit and fortitude.” — Excerpt from BOOMER Magazine‘s book review, “Living and Surviving ‘Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant.'”

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“It’s charming, often troubling, and sometimes hilarious and is altogether a fascinating read.” — Excerpt from Mal Warwick’s review of Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant on the award-winning news site, Berkeleyside: “Under deep cover in the CIA during the Cold War.”  Warwick is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Northern California Book Reviewers and chairs the board of directors of the Bay Area Book Festival.

“‘Yourdailydish_banner2I thought it would be a worthy challenge, but more importantly, a valuable gift to my mother and a way to finally share our family’s story publicly,’ McCloy told Your Daily Dish.” — Excerpt from a feature article about Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant, “Woman Fulfills Mom’s Wish by Getting Her Book Published for Her 90th Birthday” 

sclogo“McCloy is a brilliant storyteller, sharing honest emotions without becoming sentimental. Her husband’s new assignments required learning to live in new and diverse cultures and often created palpable tension. Sometimes I had to remind myself this is not a novel, it’s Lillian’s life. Wow!” — Excerpt from the Story Circle Book Review of Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant

“Lillian McCloy is a talented writer . . . her story is absolutely fascinating . . . a particularly exciting read . . . definitely recommended!” — Excerpts from the Expat Focus Book Review of Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant

California Legislature Certificate of RecognitionAuthor Lillian McCloy received this California Legislature Certificate of Recognition at the conclusion of a book event and reading of Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant. (Click to see the image in a larger size.)



“McCloy uses her humor, wit, and resolve deftly to keep a healthy perspective on just what she has gotten herself into.” — Excerpt from Alameda Magazine’s “Rad Women, Deep Cover, and a Filipino Folktale,” featuring Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant


Story Geometry podcast host Ben Hess talks to Lillian McCloy (author) and Johanna McCloy (editor/daughter) about Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant in the episode titled “The 80s, Espionage, & Editing” 

Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant is one of the book selections in “30 Spectacular Books By Women For Women”