Author John Milner Uncovers a Moving Tale Set by a Revolution in Art and Music

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New book follows the journey of the Bensons throughout the centuries as their influence in art and music defines the American counter-culture to speak in support of the common man.

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Rhythm and blues and folk music spoke out against conservative nomenclature in the ‘50s and rock ‘n roll blossomed into the protests against segregation and the Vietnam War in the ‘60s. Today’s hip hop culture champions the voice of the oppressed in society along the same lines. In Benson’s House, author John Milner tells a fantasy love story where characters intermingle and are incarnated throughout the hundred year era that spans the development of music and art from slave songs to disco.

The book introduces Justin Benson, a returning soldier from the Civil War, and his developing relationship with Sarah Taggart, a young artist and daughter of an affluent New York City real estate tycoon. Her art involves with the music of the Congo Square Players, a group of former slaves that have adapted as musical talents. A movement begins that becomes known as Urban Romanticism. Later, in succeeding chapters, readers will meet Elizabeth Benson, the granddaughter of Justin and Sarah. Her life is an integral extension of Urban Romanticism, and the cultural periods of post-impressionism and jazz at the turn of the century. They will then be swept away into the ‘50s, ‘60s and 70’s as a romance unravels between Sarah Hutchinson, a young folksinger, and Christopher Benson, grandson of Elizabeth Benson and CEO of Chariot Records.

A captivating and compelling work of fiction. Benson’s House showcases remarkable characters that demonstrate the events of American history as they advanced to portray an American counter-culture in defiance against the compromises of freedom. It began with the birth of the blues, in the late 1800’s, evolving into a jazz culture which culminated in Paris to avoid the American noble experiment. The music then swept into American culture and became the anthem of insurgence. Readers will learn that the adaptations in art and music were not rebellious acts to cause lawlessness. Rather, the arts progressed by taking shape to avoid conformity and to speak in defense of the common man.

This novel will enlighten not as a historical exposé of explanatory narrative. Empathy drawn from the characters and the story of their lives are what drives the historical content, enticing the readers without the expense of cheap sensationalism.

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Benson’s House * by John Milner
A Novel
Publication Date: July 29, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 347 pages; 978-1-4836-5448-5
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 347 pages; 978-1-4836-5449-2
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4836-5450-8

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