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Award Winning Novel Commemorates Sacrifices of American Veterans

1919- Misfortune’s End Reveals the Dismal Tale of WWI Soldiers Return Home

NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2008 ZAPmedia is pleased to announce that its first published novel, 1919 – Misfortune’s End, pays tribute to the sacrifices of soldiers whom served in the First World War. In 1938, Armistice Day, November 11, was declared a federal holiday. In 1954, the holiday was officially declared Veteran’s Day to honor the sacrifices and acts of courage of all of our soldiers and sailors.

1919- Misfortune’s End explores the heroism and tragedy of the First World War, while illuminating the amazing story of the Harlem Hell Fighters, the first African American regiment deployed during WWI. Author Paula Phelan conveys the emotion of American soldiers as they disembark in New York City.

“All of the American fighting men cheered as the Statue of Liberty came into sight. But Emmet and the other black soldiers did not cheer with the same enthusiasm. The Hell Fighters understood that they were not returning to the land of the free, but rather, to the remnants of slavery. Some questioned how it could be that they had risked their lives on another continent to save others from tyranny, only to return home and be treated as second-class citizens?”
1919 – Misfortune’s End is the first in a series of historical fiction novels by author Paula Phelan chronicling the most pivotal years in American history. Phelan expertly weaves the tales of historical characters with the major political and social events that shaped America’s role in the twentieth century, both at home and abroad.

“I found it inspiring to research the intrepid deeds of these disenfranchised heroes,” explained Paula Phelan. “These brave men banded together and fought valiantly, only to return home at the end of the war to Jim Crow laws, violence and hatred. I felt an obligation to share their incredible story with the world.”

1919 – Misfortune’s End is currently available at local bookstores, through its publisher, ZAPmedia and on Amazon.com.

About 1919 – Misfortune’s End
1919 – Misfortune’s End is a work of historical fiction that explores the lives of two families living in Boston and Washington D.C. through the four seasons of 1919. The story illustrates a pivotal era of history through the lives of ordinary people.  Phelan reveals how, in the face of unimaginable challenges, it is human nature to keep hope alive.

About ZAPmedia
ZAPmedia is a boutique publisher of books, art and Web content located in New York City. Its primary goal is to identify and promote the works of new authors and artists that have exceptional and original talent, a vast wellspring of creative potential and are just beginning to find their voice and audience. ZAPmedia can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.zapmedia.com.