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PRAISE FOR ENCOUNTERS UNFORESEEN: Kirkus Indie Review: “Rowen’s research—a combination of scholarly investigation and travel conducted over six years—is nothing less than breathtaking. The sensitivity and originality of his portrayals are equally impressive, avoiding the trap of simply retelling a familiar tale from an exclusively European perspective or casting the explorers as nothing more than rapacious colonialists.”
ABOUT ENCOUNTERS UNFORESEEN:
literature relating the history of Columbus’ voyage and first
encounters with Native Americans focuses principally — whether pro- or
anti-Columbus — on Columbus and the European perspective. Rowen’s
historical novel now dramatizes these events from a bicultural
perspective. It fictionalizes
the beliefs, thoughts, and actions of the Native Americans who met
Columbus and places their viewpoints alongside those of the explorer
himself and other Europeans, all based on a close reading of Columbus’
“Journal,” other primary sources, and modern anthropological studies.
Unforeseen” gives insight into the mindsets and backgrounds of key
Taíno and European protagonists, including Columbus, Spain’s Queen
Isabella and King Ferdinand, three historic Taíno chieftains — Caonabó,
Guacanagarí, and Guarionex — and a Taíno captive seized by Columbus.
Rowen’s portrayals of the Taíno protagonists presents them as neither
victims nor statistics, but as personalities and actors comparable to
the Europeans. Their side of the story is forcefully told.
also explores stark social differences between Taínos and Europeans,
including their religions, slavery, and notions of private property, and
dramatizes the collision of Taíno spirits with Christ and the Virgin
Mary. The novel carefully depicts conversations that primary sources
indicate occurred, and Rowen weaves fascinating stories around
documented incidents. “Encounters Unforeseen” presents a remarkably
insightful and fresh look at one of the seminal events that reshaped the
course of world history.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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Andrew Rowen is a U.C. Berkeley and Harvard Law graduate who practiced law as a partner of a major New York City law firm for almost 30 years prior to retiring to write his first novel, “Encounters Unforeseen: 1492 Retold.” He devoted six years to research and traveled to nearly all the Caribbean, European and Atlantic locations where the book’s action takes place, including the archaeological sites where the Taíno chieftains lived in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He has long been interested in the roots of religious intolerance.
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What possessed Bree to go on an obsessive, dangerous hunt for her favorite author so she could write her life's story for her?
Bree is divorced and hasn't worked for years. She wants to start back at her journalist job, but it turns into something much more.
Ward DeFleur is an author who writes crime fiction and has an actual nightmare happen to her. Her daughter is brutally murdered on the night of a book signing. Ward leaves the book signing with fans waiting in line when she hears about her daughter and doesn't fulfill her contractual obligation to the publisher because she disappears and hides from everyone.
Will Bree find Ward and at what expense? As her search continued for the author, a text message warning her to stop what she is doing frightened her, but she kept on. Who could have sent that text and what did it mean?
Meanwhile, Ward was still hiding but still not feeling comfortable especially when her old boyfriend made a comment about being at her book signing the night her daughter was murdered.
Many questions arise, and which characters are keeping secrets? Will Bree find Ward, and will they find Stevie's killer?
There are multiple possible suspects, but I’m guessing you won't figure it out.
The ending twists were definitely a surprise. 4/5
This book was given to me by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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PRAISE FOR VICTORIA'S WAR:
"A searing reminder of the many lesser-known World War II stories that still need to be told." — Kirkus Reviews
ABOUT VICTORIA'S WAR:
In Victoria’s War,
Hamilton gives voice to the courageous Polish women who were kidnapped
into the real-life Nazi slave labor operation during WWII. Inspired by
true stories, this lost chapter of history won’t soon be forgotten.
Poland, 1939: Nineteen-year-old Victoria Darski is eager to move away to college but her world is turned upside down when World War II breaks out. When Victoria
decides to go to a resistance meeting with her best friend, Sylvia,
they are captured by human traffickers. Sylvia is sent to work in a
brothel, and Victoria is transported by cattle car to Berlin, where she is auctioned off as a slave.
Twenty-year-old Etta Tod is a hospital about to undergo involuntary
sterilization because of the Fuhrer’s mandate to eliminate hereditary
deafness. Etta, an artist, silently critiques the propaganda poster on
the waiting room wall while her mother tries to convince her she should
be glad to get rid of her monthlies. Etta is the daughter of the German
bakers who buy Victoria at auction in Berlin.
The stories of Victoria and Etta intertwine in the bakery’s attic where Victoria
is held—the same place where Etta has hidden her anti-Nazi paintings.
The two women form a quick and enduring bond. But when they’re caught
stealing bread from the bakery and smuggling it to a nearby work camp,
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bio of the author: Catherine A. Hamilton is a freelance writer of Polish
descent whose articles and poems have appeared in magazines and
newspapers including the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the Oregonian, the Catholic Sentinel, the Dziennik Związkowy (the oldest Polish newspaper in America), and the Polish American Journal. She is the author of the chapter about Katherine Graczyk in Forgotten Survivors: Polish Christians Remember the Nazi Occupation, edited by Richard C. Lukas. Victoria’s War, her first novel, will be published in 2020 by Plain View Press. She actively publishes and blogs at www.catherineahamilton.com. Hamilton lives in the Northwest with her husband.
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