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1919 - Misfortune's End by Paula Phelan
Written by award-winning writer Paula Phelan, this novel of historical fiction explores the lives of two fictional families, one Irish American and the other African American, as they interact with historical figures of the day including J. Edgar Hoover, Woodrow Wilson, W.E.B. Dubois, Emma Goldman, Margaret Sanger and Helen Keller. Ms. Phelan reveals how, in face of unimaginable challenges, it is human nature to keep hope alive and strive for success.
Two American families face a year of enormous significance, turmoil and change. The War to End All Wars was over. The Plague of 1918 had swept through urban areas with a vengeance, killing more than a million citizens and mysteriously subsiding. But instead of celebrating their survival through these excruciating times, four million workers went on strike, inflation hit 500%, and prohibition became law - unleashing the pestilence of organized crime. Good and bad times live side by side as people move from the days of a simpler past. Through tumultuous times and reach out in search of a new future. The hope of carving out a new life motivates our characters that are experiencing early advancements in radio communication and entertainment and the invention of improvements for the home. Although our characters did not know it at the time, the groundwork for the roaring 20s was being set in place including the casting off of old ideas, a devil may care attitude and a relaxing of social mores. The year 1919 is a reminder that things can always get worse, but through the vibrancy of the human spirit, things can get better too.
The first American edition of 1919 - Misfortune's End.
Author: Paula Phelan
Publisher: ZAPmedia, New York, NY, (U.S.)
Released: February 2007 (first edition)
Pages: 240 pp
ISBN: ISBN 0-7710-0868-6