Author Promotes Black History Month with Powerful New Novel

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Eliot Sefrin’s “Blood in the Promised Land” draws inspiration from historical events.

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In his compelling historical novel, author Eliot Sefrin touches on volatile racial conflicts that ravaged much of World War II-era America, and ultimately changed the face of the nation. “Blood in the Promised Land” (published by iUniverse) chronicles the separate journeys of two men: an impoverished black migrant who flees the Jim Crow South to work in Pittsburgh’s booming steel industry, and a Jewish physician forced to escape Nazi-occupied Europe. When their paths unwittingly cross during a violent racial outbreak, their fateful encounter instantly reshapes their lives

The black character, Roosevelt Turner, is an orphaned sharecroppers’ son who harbors visions of a better life in the North, and a job with brighter prospects than those of the menial tasks he is relegated to in the South. His story – like that of the novel’s Jewish protagonist, Jacob Perlman – follows a plotline tied to a myriad of historical touch points.

Roosevelt’s early childhood is based on real-life events that occurred in Rosewood, Florida – an all-black town destroyed during a violent racial outbreak in the 1920s. His adolescence and young adulthood are based on the Jim Crow laws, lynching, mob rule, and other forms of institutionalized racism that existed in Depression-era Gainesville.

In conveying the story of Roosevelt and Jacob, “Blood in the Promised Land” attempts to weave two powerful human stories into a single, cohesive tale that paints a vivid, evocative portrait of a U.S. home front in turmoil, a Europe ravaged by war, and World War II as a pivotal turning point for blacks in America.

Blood in the Promised Land has been selected for inclusion in the iUniverse Rising Star program, which recognizes excellence in writing and overall potential.

About the Author
Eliot Sefrin has been a newspaper and magazine reporter, editor, and publisher for more than 30 years. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he is a graduate of the City College of New York and resides near Princeton, New Jersey. He is the author of two other books, the award-winning “Under a Cloud” and “The Death of Dahlgren.” For more information, please visit his website at

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebook on Twitter.


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