Sylvia C. Stowers’ New Novel Shows Effects of Living with Secrets

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Six characters’ stories create vivid picture of life in 1960s America.

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The book is a continuum of societal changes,” Stowers says. “It is a looking glass, so to speak, of (the consequences of) greed and selling of self to obtain status and success at any point.”

Set within the fervor of the Vietnam War, the new fictionShadows of Us” (published by Archway Publishing) by author Sylvia C. Stowers tells the story of several individuals caught up in money and power, who attempt to rise above the circumstances of their time.

“It’s a story of people living as shadows of themselves,” Stowers says of her book. “In other words, (they are) not living as their best selves. Some shadows are motivated by greed. Some are a result of self-loathing. All shadows in the story are inextricably linked to the characters’ histories and societal pressures of the time.”

Readers encounter six characters through whom the circumstances of 1960s American life are laid bare. Eileen is an ambitious clairvoyant who seeks personal and professional challenges. Carl is a talented and charming baseball player who manages to keep his biggest secret from the public and his wife, Susan, a lawyer whose lust for life is only surpassed by her lust for love and acceptance.

Carol is a powerful district attorney for the city of San Diego. She hides secret details with a silent business partner and hopes to disappear to the Cayman Islands without leaving any trace of herself behind. And Alan is a therapist who is low-key, handsome, friendly, gay and the keeper of all secrets. Each character plays an integral role in the bigger picture of “Shadows of Us,” by either knowing of or keeping another’s secret.

“The book is a continuum of societal changes,” Stowers says. “It is a looking glass, so to speak, of (the consequences of) greed and selling of self to obtain status and success at any point.”

“Shadows of Us”
By Sylvia C. Stowers
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 150 pages | ISBN 9781480812437
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 150 pages | ISBN 9781480812451
E-Book | 150 pages | ISBN 9781480812444
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Sylvia C. Stowers was once employed in the investment banking and building industry. Now retired from a career in education, she resides in San Diego County. “Shadows of Us” is the first book in an intended trilogy.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit archwaypublishing.com or call 888-242-5904.

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