Dreams During Youth May Not be Destiny in Life

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Historical novelist Gary Pisarski brings human interest into recently published book.

Life does not always turn out according to dreams in our youth. We cannot hold on physically to the people we meet early in our lives, but “the people that touch us in different periods of our lives -- family, friends, and loves -- stay in the heart and are treasured in the mind forever,” claims Gary Pisarski, author of novel “Black River Crossing” (ISBN 1933449284). Fate cannot take us back in time to relive the past, but what we all carry from the past determines how we respond to the challenges brought by fate.

“My interest is the human experience and although Carol Ann is the central character in ‘Black River Crossing,’ this is a story of several other characters as well and their intertwining relationships,” continues Pisarski. A young unmarried couple, Carol Ann and Will, survive the horror of the Civil War and its aftermath. Sweethearts before the war, they move westward to escape the hopelessness of a South Carolina in despair. For Carol Ann, the journey leads her to a new life at the Double-M ranch in Texas, spanning a period of eleven years until everything she has found is threatened as a result of the Black River crossing.

As a first time author, Pisarski explains, “I believe that the relationship between an author and his or her characters is like that of a parent and children. The characters we create and the children we raise take the values we have tried to mold into their beings. And like the parent letting go as their child leaves home for the world outside the family unit, the characters in a book come to life in their new relationship with the reader.” Carol Ann is a strong, kind, and loving young woman who in the beginning of the book has lost the people who were the center of her life. Like Will, she has a good heart, and as such they don’t always recognize the deception of others that eventually separates their lives. Agnes is a woman who like Carol Ann, once left her home at an early age looking for a better life, but fate led on a different journey. And when the two women meet, Agnes is driven by her own desires for her son.

No different than in real life, Carol Ann’s strength was her ability to accept life knowing that memories are nourishing while regrets are bitter. “At any point in time, we all react to one another and in crisis situations based on what has happened in our lives previously,” continues Pisarski. That is the basis of the actions taken by the key characters in the book in the final scenes of “Black River Crossing.”

Gary Pisarski is a lifelong resident of Chicago and Northern Illinois, where he currently resides with his wife and children. Having had several poems and magazine articles published years ago, he has rekindled his story telling energy in his first book, "Black River Crossing," a historical novel. The book may be purchased at any online book store or through the author’s website http://www.GaryPisarski.npauthors.com


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