But with a warm heart and open mind. It is not for the timid, or uptight, but it can be.
Chicago, IL (Vocus) April 27, 2010
Open-minded readers of all ages are in for a unique treat as author Onin Age-Iron releases, through Xlibris, Sweet Kyra and the American Dream—a big, bold American story told in a short literary form in keeping with today’s pace.
With skillful use of the active voice and a woman’s point of view, blond, blue-eyed Sweet Kyra delivers a refreshing view of America, sweeping you from her Viking and Civil War roots to modern Chicago.
She’s a person for all seasons, emblematic of the American spirit as she transforms from an obese girl into her alluring svelte and brilliant womanhood-- a poet, philosopher, journalist and mother.
From the moment they meet as children, Sweet Kyra’s life soars with cousin Helga Steinhoff, whose family story takes us back to the Nazi Lebensborn program to create a master race; and best friend Susan Mifume whose ninja, samurai and kamikaze forebears excelled in World War II.
Without preaching, the story reminds us how the Civil War preserved our nation and World War II gave it all the responsibility of a super power, with immigration and diversity maintaining its awesome strength.
The phrasing and meter of the text lends itself to oral reading, with some poetry tossed in to rekindle the love in veteran readers, and introduce the young to its poignant and stirring pleasures.
“I concentrated a lot on the meter and phrasing to encourage families, friends, teachers, students, lovers, everyone, to read aloud to each other and discuss, debate, and learn from each other,” says the author. “But with a warm heart and open mind. It is not for the timid, or uptight, but it can be.”
The story of Bizet’s opera Carmen overarches as a connecting force for such enchanting and exciting characters as:
Rev. Kyler Fjord, who ruminates over his spirituality but unleashes the fury of a Templar Knight when his wife is raped and killed in the Civil War. His steed, Valiente, warms our hearts with his own gallantry.
Whiplash Willie, who lashed the mules that quartered abolitionist Nat Turner, then helped the slaves to freedom, and sang the slave-composed “Amazing Grace” to lighten people’s plight at slave auctions.
Neli Garcia, whose confrontation with death in Chicago’s gang culture will help set you free and open your eyes to many realities.
Calvin Fjord, whose syllabus and calculus answer the puzzle of the Universe in relation to God.
El Gringo Grande, Né Bernie Goldstein, a super jock whose secret transforms Sweet Kyra from obesity to enviable svelte form.
Wild Marta, who rejects absinthe and cocaine wildness for pure motherhood as she skis away from the Nazis in a Boreal storm, her baby in a backpack and a Sami fairy godmother guiding her.
And of course, an evil Dragon threatens Sweet Kyra’s life…enjoy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR ONIN AGE-IRON:
Like the novel’s heroine, Sweet Kyra, author Onin Age-Iron is at once a poet, journalist, essayist, philosopher and ex-businessperson, who has dipped into “but not sunk into” big city politics.
A hard-nosed Chicagoan Onin holds a Law Degree and writes out of “Lizard Lick” a one-acre oasis a hop away from the famous White Sands National Monument desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
Onin says: “When I suffer writer’s block, I wander about the huge, pure-white dunes and they make my tormenting blank page seem small by comparison. It works, and then I go back to work.”
SWEET KYRA and the American Dream * by Onin Age-Iron
Publication Date: April 7, 2010
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 173 pages; 978-1-4500-6028-8
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 173 pages; 978-1-4500-6029-5
eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4500-6030-1
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