LOVE Park is a love letter to Philadelphia. The prose soars with joy and longing in this must-read debut by Jim Zervanos, who discovers poignancy and beauty not only in our murals, sculptures and architecture but also through the intimate journey of the novel's hero. Zervanos has shown me a new Philadelphia, one that's recognizable but richer in his imagination.
Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) April 30, 2009
Jim Zervanos, author of the newly acclaimed LOVE Park, is receiving rave reviews for his portrayal of a colorful Greek-American family living in the city of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. Charles Baxter, author of the National Book Award-nominated The Feast of Love, declares, "LOVE Park is both funny and moving, and I enjoyed it tremendously." Editor-in-chief of Philadelphia magazine, Larry Platt proclaims, "LOVE Park is a love letter to Philadelphia. The prose soars with joy and longing in this must-read debut by Jim Zervanos, who discovers poignancy and beauty not only in our murals, sculptures and architecture but also through the intimate journey of the novel's hero. Zervanos has shown me a new Philadelphia, one that's recognizable but richer in his imagination."
The protagonist, twenty-six-year-old Peter Pappas vows to change his life this summer --- or at least to move out of his childhood home. His father, a Greek Orthodox priest, still rules the roost while his mother tends their brood. His teenage sister doesn't dare confess a shocking romance, and his older brother chooses to deceive his non-Greek girlfriend rather than disappoint his parents --- anything to preserve the sanctity of the family. When an affair with an exotic widow jump-starts Peter's journey into adulthood, he learns a secret that just might set his family free --- if it doesn't destroy them first.
This heart-capturing debut novel by Jim Zervanos is forthcoming from Cable Publishing May 1, 2009.
About the author: Jim Zervanos's fiction has appeared, most recently, in the Cimarron Review, Green Mountains Review, and Philly Fiction, a collection of short stories featuring Philadelphia writers. His fiction has also appeared in the Chicago Quarterly Review, Hawaii Review, Cream City Review, Failbetter.com, and Folio, which recognized his short story "Church Camp" as the journal's best of 1999.
Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he earned his BA and MA from Bucknell University, where he was an Academic All-America baseball player and, upon graduation in 1992, won the William Bucknell Prize for English. After interning as a journalist and attending law school for three semesters, he began writing fiction and teaching.
Since 1995 he has taught English at Penncrest High School in Media, Pennsylvania. He has been a contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. For a year he lived in Athens, Greece, where he finished writing LOVE Park, his first novel. He lives with his wife in Philadelphia's Art Museum Area.
"I have often wondered why we Greek Americans have not produced writers like the young Saul Bellow. I think we now have one."
-HELEN PAPANIKOLAS, author of The Time of the Little Black Bird
The official release of LOVE Park, the novel, kicks off the 2009 "Summer in Love "Concert Series in Philadelphia's LOVE Park. Friday, May 1st, Noon - 2 P.M. Reading & Book-Signing by Jim Zervanos, with singer-songwriter Matt Hartin.
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