Book Blitz and Giveaway: Amy's Story by Anna Lawton

Amy's Story unfolds on the background of American history, from the late 60's up until 2011, and takes us through the timeline of how Italian-native Amy, full name America, creates her success story.
Amy experiences love, heartbreak, friendship, obstacles, success, and more as she moves from Italy to New York City to live near her American father. Following in her father's footsteps, Amy becomes a successful publisher. Her story is intertwined with Stella, her childhood friend, whose unfinished memoir she intends to publish. As Amy edits the manuscript, Stella's life is revealed as she also leaves Italy with her American lover Jim, a heartthrob who conceals his sensitive nature under a bravado facade.
Stella faces career achievements, setbacks and heartbreaking love as her journey runs parallel to major historical events ―the Vietnam War, student protests and the Kent State shooting, the birth of radicalism and feminism, presidential elections and assassinations, immigration, the Watergate scandal, up to the 9/11 attack and beyond― providing an interesting commentary on the highlights in history that influenced the development of American society over the past 40 years and brought about the current outcome.
Additional captivating characters complete the picture and sustain the action: Steve, Stella's husband, conformist and uninspiring; Nik, a passionate and extravagant Russian intellectual; Rosa, once a maid at Amy's grandmother's country estate and now married to the owner of a New York pizzeria; and others.
Stella's memoir never gets published, because Amy transforms it into a very successful novel. This twist will have readers reimagining the entire story, and Amy and Stella's tale will remain with them for a long time.
   




“WHERE ARE YOU FROM?” PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW.
“I'M FROM HERE. I LIVE IN WASHINGTON DC.”
“NO. I MEAN, ORIGINALLY, WHERE ARE YOU FROM?” THEY INSIST.
“I'M FROM ITALY.”
“OH, ITALY. WHAT A WONDERFUL PLACE!” THEY ARE REALLY APPRECIATIVE OF MY NATIVE COUNTRY.
THEY TELL ME ABOUT HOW MUCH FUN THEY HAD ON THEIR RECENT TRIP.
“WHY DID YOU MOVE TO THE US?”
“I MARRIED AN AMERICAN. I WAS STILL A STUDENT IN THOSE DAYS.”
“AND THEN, WHAT HAPPENED?”
What happened . . . I earned my PhD in Russian Literature at UCLA. As a professor, I taught courses in literature, cinema and visual culture at Purdue University and subsequently Georgetown University until I retired in 2013. At some point in my career, I took a leave and went to Moscow, where I worked for USIA at the American Embassy as the Deputy Director of Public Information and Media Outreach and the Editor-In-Chief of the magazine Connections. Back in DC, I alternated between teaching and working at the World Bank as the managing editor of the magazine Development Outreach. I also served on the Advisory Film Committee of the National Gallery of Art. Toward the end of my academic career, I ventured into the private sector and founded the publishing house New Academia Publishing, which is today a successful enterprise.
Writing has been an important activity in all my jobs over the years. I am the author of three scholarly books, edited volumes, and numerous articles and essays in academic collections. My book, Imaging Russia 2000: Film and Facts, received the CHOICE Award as Outstanding Academic Title 2005. Then, the time came when I switched to fiction, and my first novel, Family Album, was published in Italy. It will soon come out in the English translation.
Now my second novel, Amy’s Story, has just been released.
Although inspired by some real places and circumstances, it is not autobiographic. It is pure fiction.


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