Award Winning Novel Exposes Under-Reported Historic Events
I919- Misfortune’s End Shares the Untold Stories of a Year That Changed Our Country
NEW YORK, Oct. 6, 2008 –ZAPmedia is pleased to announce that its first published novel, 1919 – Misfortune’s End, is continuing to revitalize and revolutionize the historical fiction market with its ability to reveal under-reported history.
1919- Misfortune’s End is a truly unprecedented work due to its unique focus on integrating important historic events with under reported incidents that most Americans would find surprising. Award winning author Paula Phelan conveys the excitement and emotion of Americans in this pivotal year as events unfold including the ratification of the 19th amendment in Congress, the Boston Police strike, the “red summer” riots and the catastrophic influenza epidemic. Phelan brings to life the obscure molasses incident in which over two million gallons of boiling molasses exploded into the streets of Boston taking the lives of more than twenty citizens.
Phelan expertly weaves the major historical events of the day with the tales of two fictional families, one living in Boston and the other in Washington D.C. as they interact with historical figures including J. Edgar Hoover, Woodrow Wilson, Helen Keller, Margaret Sanger, W.E.B. DuBois and Duke Ellington. Although technically fiction, all historical events are factual, and the families are a composite of real people who lived and died during 1919.
By uncovering the forgotten history of the early twentieth century, Phelan is able to share with her readers the interesting, hilarious and sometimes dreadful events that most readers have not yet discovered.
For example, the novel commences with the tale of the tragic yet strangely comical molasses disaster of 1919 in Boston. Phelan conveys a graphic image in her description of the spilling ooze:
“Lapping over the doorsill was a light brown liquid. He got to his knees, peered out and saw that the street was covered by six inches of brown sludge. The air smelled sickeningly sweet. Patrick put his finger into the muck and discovered it was hot, almost boiling. He sniffed it, then tasted it. Molasses.
He glanced up at the massive tank that stood fifty-feet high, beside the firehouse. A thirty-foot geyser of steaming molasses rose from the tank, arching into the cloudless blue sky. The sound of gunfire had been rivets tearing from metal seams. The tank was about to explode…..
Patrick turned to see an eight-foot tidal wave coming towards them. He swung her [Rosie] off his shoulder and crouched with her in his arms. They were kissing as the wall of sweetness washed them away.”
“It’s a pleasure to research the aspects of history that have been neglected or forgotten,” explained Paula Phelan. “Events that have been synthesized away in the summarization of weeks, months and years. Uncovering them and exploring their impact on real people of the day has proven to have a broad appeal to readers.”
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 everyday people. Phelan reveals how, in the face of unimaginable challenges, it is human nature to keep hope alive.
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.