Thursday, October 7, 2021

DEBUT NOVEL: THE CAGED BIRD SINGS: A Young Man's Untold War Chronicles

My long overdue novel with co-author Cal Orey about a Jewish boy who learns to play the carillon bells in a Catholic cathedral during the German occupation of France.


Now available in kindle, paperback and hardcover at AuthorHouse (link) and all online bookstores.

https://www.authorhouse.com/en/bookstore/bookdetails/834223-the-caged-bird-sings






Book description:

1940, in the Nazi-occupied city of Rouen, France: Despite Germany's stranglehold on the French, Benjamin Cohen, an introverted but musically precocious teen defies his father to study the fifty-five-bell carillon in St. Julian's Cathedral. Hindered by the German threat and dismissed by family, his confidence grows with the help of his new 'family' in the cathedral and his pet cockatiel, Frere Jacques. Can Benjamin's mastery of the instrument and his love affair with troubled nun-in-training, Marie-Noelle, give him le courage he needs to perform the one act that can save his people from Nazi arrest and earn back the respect from his father he craves, or will it doom them all? Inspired by true events, this coming-of-age story tells of wartime dynamics between Catholic and Jewish, boy and girl, father and son, and two estranged brothers on their journeys through love, tragedy and war.

author contacts: 

jameschanningshaw.com

James-channing-shaw.blogspot.com 

calorey.com

calorey.blogspot.com





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