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Historical Fiction Novel Depicts “Red Summer” Riots, Observing 89th Anniversary

1919-Misfortune’s End Creates and Develops Authentic Characters Who are Placed into Historical Events to Reveal Lessons that Mirror Today

NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2008 ZAPmedia, a boutique publisher of historical fiction novels, today announced that their first historical fiction novel, 1919-Misfortune’s End shows with amazing detail and accuracy the unfolding 89 years ago of the “red summer” riots which planted the seeds for the civil rights movement and changed the African American experience in this country.

Through each captivating and riveting page, readers of all ages are able to discover many defining historical events such as the Red Summer race riots that are not covered in conventional history books or novels. These race riots, which contributed to so many innocent people’s deaths, were according to historical records comprised of 26 individual incidents during the summer of 1919.

The historical fiction novel, written by accomplished businesswoman and multiple award-winning author Paula Phelan, not only takes a unique view of the Red Summer riots, but also is able to fully immerse the readers in the story by creating intriguingly genuine characters in real situations. The novel shows the unfolding of the riots in a way that can only be accomplished through years of research and a true understanding of people of the time.

“What I found typical of historical fiction novels, was that authors put characters into events that everybody had already heard about,” said Paula Phelan, author. “I wanted to expose the significant events in history that are rarely discussed.”

 

1919-Misfortune’s End has been widely acclaimed for its unique account of U.S. history. Amazon reviewer Timon De La Playa describes the novel as “A tour de force of research, synthesis, contrast and plainly delightful characterizations…Phelan not only carries the reader to the heart of the American experience of the era, but draws from so many insights on so many levels that she leaves the reader overwhelmingly satisfied with revelation.”

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 through the twelve months of one year. The book follows in the footsteps of Doctrow and Mitchner by experiencing an era of history through the lives of everyday people. Ms. 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.