‘The Beach’ explores joys, agonies of love across generations

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Author uses real-life amusement park for setting of new novel

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. – “The Beach: A Novel” (published by iUniverse) tells of the conflicts and disappointments, triumphs and joys, of three generations of characters against the background of an amusement park during the summer of 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio. The setting is the former Euclid Beach Park, and the Beach's roller skating rink forms the backdrop of the coming of age of two teenagers, Peter Skrak and Penny Hathaway.

They are befriended by a worldly couple – Hamilton Clifford, a World War II veteran trying to establish himself as an artist, and Ellen Mikkelson, a college professor of French, a woman in the midst of a divorce. As the teenagers wrestle with confusion over sex and religion, the veteran and the professor grapple with commitment born of love; he, ready to make it; and she, reluctant. And after a tragedy befalls Peter, all four must come to grips with what is important to them in life.

Author Robert Fedorchek says, “The novel deals with concerns that are timeless: family struggles, views on religion and sex, and the joys and agonies of love.”

“The Beach”
By Robert Fedorchek
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 462 pages | ISBN 9781491793923
E-Book | 462 pages | ISBN 9781491793930
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
Robert Fedorchek, a native of Cleveland, is professor emeritus and past chair of the department of modern languages and literatures at Fairfield University, where he taught for 39 years. He holds a bachelor's degree, master's and doctorate, and has published 22 books of translations of Spanish and Portuguese literature, as well as three other novels: “The Translators," "The Choice" and "The Oldest Son," all with iUniverse. Fedorchek and his wife, Theresa, live in Fairfield.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, 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 BarnesandNoble.com. 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 iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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