"Letters from America," a Just-Released Fictional Narrative by P. Thompson, is Now Available

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New book sheds light on immigrants’ struggle in early 20th century in U.S.

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Readers will see that the ideas and opinions regarding war, religion, family size and society are still remarkably similar to the opinions about these topics today.

In “Letters from America” (published by iUniverse), author P. Thompson’s fictional narrative, readers read the letters relating to one German family’s turbulent immigrant experience in America between 1906 and 1920.

After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, hundreds of European immigrants flocked to the devastated city to help rebuild it and in turn, establish themselves in America. One such family was the Ritters. With high hopes, this family settled in the East Bay to work, raise their children and grow prosperous.

However, as readers discover, this dream does not come to pass. “Letter from America” is written as a series of letters that have been collected from the Ritters’ German relatives, who saved them and after World War II sent them to the descendants of the writers in America. These letters describe the happenings, good and bad, of the family’s life in the new country. The book chronicles their experiences in California and exposes the growing conflict between husband and wife as they struggle to survive in the midst of almost constant turmoil.

Through honest and sometimes painful details, these letters reveal how the couple began to drift apart, a rift that ultimately originated from a clash of values. “Readers will see that the ideas and opinions regarding war, religion, family size and society are still remarkably similar to the opinions about these topics today.”

An excerpt from the book:

“‘Now don’t come to the conclusion that our youngest six children are somehow left over, or that I don’t love them as much as the oldest ones.’...‘I love all our children equally and still, if the younger ones had never been born, we would not miss them either.’ ‘But the Church rules say it is a sin for a healthy woman not to have children and that nature has given the task to women all over to populate the world. But how can this be?’…‘If I look around there are so many people and many of them are just as happy without religion. Religion is something made up by people.’”

“Letters from America”
By P. Thompson
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 316 pages | ISBN 9781475984293
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 316 pages | ISBN 9781475984286
E-Book | 316 pages | ISBN 9781475984309
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
P. Thompson is a lifelong Californian who lives on the central coast of California.

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 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, Ind., 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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