Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Swimming With Wings
Format: 5 x 8 Paperback SRP: $13.99
For more information or to contact the author, visit http://www.swimmingwithwings.com
Have you ever felt like you were out of your element living here on earth? Have you ever imagined that maybe you really had wings? In her first novel, Lee Libro, visual artist and author of short stories, brings you the story of a character facing just such a dilemma. Swimming With Wings is blend of southern literature and historical fiction with a dash of mystery and romance.
As the mother of five children and a firm supporter of spiritual diversity, Lee Libro wrote the book as an expression of the soul-seeking route many take outside the disciplines of traditional religion. Swimming With Wings is a love story that takes a peek into the 1970’s emerging New Age alongside the growth of televised evangelical zeal of the era and purports that from the unruly to the strict, expression, personality, and beliefs are formed by family and cultural influence. Stripped away, spirit still remains as evidenced in our gift of creativity, whether in art or a simple spoken word or act of kindness.
Swimming With Wings follows the journey of three very different characters: a 19th century light healer; his grandson, a would be superstar of the evangelical world of the 1970’s; and a free thinking orphaned southern debutante. Their convergence surrounding a drowning, a famous American sculpture and a tumbledown plantation release a story of human brotherhood and true spiritual love.
What do these three: a light healer who can raise the dead, an eccentric, would-be dubutant teen and a fanatic cult follower have in common? A story of human brotherhood released only through the colliding dogmas surrounding their shared tragedy from long ago.
Lark Jennison is a free thinker and imagines she has wings! Set in the 1970's in a small southern town laced with folk mysticism, faith healings and the evangelistic zeal of the era, Swimming with Wings is her coming of age story. Orphaned, seventeen-year-old Lark and her brother are the last generation of the illustrious Jennison lumber family, and her uncanny ability to read a person, along with her eccentric ways as a budding artist, shine a spotlight of scrutiny upon her. When she falls for Peter Roma, a river gypsy from Summerville, she finds in him an equal, but is soon disturbingly set on a collision course with his fanaticism.
The drowning accident that had killed their father remains a mystery, a harbinger of ill feelings between the Romas and the Jennisons. Is Peter Roma, a scammer, a real gypsy or Lark's personal savior? To protect her, Lark’s older brother sends her to art school in Maine, the home state of their mother’s family. Uninvited, Peter follows but eventually considers their relationship a danger to the beatification of both their souls. His grandfather had been a mystical light healer and heralded the rising tide of a new age; however, Peter's “being saved” interpretation of this leads him into cult and a world of corruption. Through it all Lark and Peter remain in love, but in the end who will save who?
An arresting blend of literary fiction, mystery and romance, this is a story about searching for direction, the hidden influences of ancestral roots and the forces that shape belief.
Perfect bound and expertly constructed at 286 pages, Swimming With Wings includes a Reading Group Guide, aimed specifically at the book club market and is being further promoted to markets with a focus on the New Age and Literary Fiction categories
Swimming With Wings is available at Powell’s Books (www.powells.com), www.Amazon.com and www.BarnesandNoble.com. Other retailers and wholesalers can order the book at wholesale from Ingram or Baker and Taylor.
Visual artist and freelance writer, Lee Libro lives in Florida with her husband, children and two dogs. She grew up in Augusta, Georgia and Portland, Maine and earned her B.A. degree in English specializing in Renaissance literature at the University of Connecticut. She spent nearly ten years in Marketing Communications and then the following decade as a foreign language translations editor.
She is currently working on two additional novels. One is based on the true life story of her own great, great aunt, accused and convicted of murdering her daughter-in-law on the surgery table, a suspected abortion case covered by national media in the 1930’s. The other is a modern adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, “Rappaccini’s Daughter”, involving a modern day neurobiologist who tampers too far with the chemistry of the mind, and in so doing, discovers the threshold of the soul.