The “buzzzz” is true! Though noted for my non-fiction works, my first novel is now ready to go! Quiet Thunder Publishing will release Destiny of Dreams: Time Is Dear on August 31, 2021.
This historical fiction, set in the early and mid-20th Century, serves up a very difficult slice of my family history “pie.” It tells my grandfather’s story, my family’s story of faith and fortitude.
While the spirited Armenian boy sings and dances passionately, danger swells, threatening his family, friends, and future. Set amidst religious intolerance, political instability, and social injustice in the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, Destiny of Dreams: Time Is Dear links past and present with mystifying clarity. In this painfully poignant, true story, young Hrant and his family struggle to withstand unthinkable circumstances and survive extraordinary chaos and violence. Love and courage must prevail, or all will be both lost and forgotten.
Written for Young Adult and Adult audiences, this historical fiction contains some explicit descriptions and a couple disturbing, though not graphic, violent scenes. While not gratuitous, the depictions may be unsuitable for young readers, even though the budding protagonist is a Middle Grade youngster himself. Destiny of Dreams: Time Is Dear would be apt to get a PG-13-type rating.
Regardless, Dr. David Green, Chief Medical Officer (retired) at Concord (NH) Hospital read an advanced copy. He shared his belief that the book should be required reading for every high school student! Well, I won’t argue that. Especially during modern times of intolerance and political divisiveness, I believe shining a spotlight on the importance of accepting differences is vital.