Concrete Wings

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MEMOIR YOUNG ADULT ADVENTURE DRAMA FAMILY HISTORICAL FICTION ADVENTURE BIOGRAPHICAL DRAMA FAMILY POLITICAL HISTORICAL FICTION YOUNG ADULT EPIC

20th Century (multiple decades)

Beverly Gandara

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Logline

A naïve teen sent out of Cuba on the eve of the Bay of Pigs Invasion to retrieve smuggled family jewels comes of age in New York City at the height of the sexual revolution and earns his political and economic freedom. By a twist of fate, he begins to lose his liberty when his oppressive parents arrive and refuse to assimilate into American Society.

Genre

Memoir, Young Adult, Adventure, Drama, Family, Historical Fiction,Adventure,Biographical,Drama,Family,Political,Historical Fiction,Young Adult,Epic

Short Summary

Success is not always measured by what one becomes but often by what one overcomes. Journey with Julian through 50 years of adventure, betrayal, and danger as he strives for the American dream and earns his political, economic and personal freedom.


After years of struggle torn between protecting family secrets and traditions while on a quest for personal freedom and the American dream, Julian eventually earns his independence and finds true love.

Setting

Havana, Cuba, Madrid, Spain and New York City, NY

Based on a True Story

Yes

Plot - Premise

Quest,Rags to Riches,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Happy Ending, Meaningful Message, Twist,Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Julian Vida

Age: 16-55

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Obedient, Romantic, Secretive, Aspiring, Desperate, Engaging, Charming, Honorable, Masculine, Perseverance, Skillful, Faithful, Heroic, Naive, Sophisticated, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Complex, Confident,Aspiring,Masculine,Faithful,Heroic,Honorable,Naive,Engaging,Skillful,Romantic,Strong Moral Code,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Arturo Vida

Age: 45-87

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Unapologetic, Aggressive, Blunt, Complex, Confident, Decisive, Masculine, Secretive,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Greedy,Leader,Masculine,Narcisstic,Blunt,Skillful,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Anita Vida

Age: 35-83

Gender: Female

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Romantic, Aggressive, Charming, Confident, Seductive, Sexy, Unapologetic, Beautiful, Complex, Manipulative,Desperate,Naive,Seductive,Unapologetic,Narcisstic,Sexy

Additional Character Details

Name: Lynn

Age: 35

Gender: Female

Role: logical

Key Traits: Engaging, Honorable, Romantic, Confident, Empathetic, Faithful, Sophisticated, Perseverance, Adventurous, Beautiful, Charming, Decisive, Educated, Flexible, Gracious,Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Faithful,Honorable,Modest,Sexy,Skillful,Sophisticated

Development Pitch

A naive teen sent out of Cuba on the eve of the Bay of Pigs Invasion to retrieve smuggled family jewels comes of age in New York City at the height of the sexual revolution and earns his political, economic, and personal freedom. By a twist of fate, he begins to lose his liberty when his oppressive parents arrive and refuse to assimilate into American Society. Take the journey and discover why success is not always measured by what one becomes, but often by what one overcomes. The Five Star Readers' Favorite also earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval with a recommendation for home and school libraries. It is simply a compelling and timely immigration/coming of age story, suitable for all audiences over the age of sixteen.

About The Author

Award-winning screenwriter/novelist Beverly Gandara has written several screenplays (one win, five contest placed), two novels and one non-fiction book, Beverly's comedy script, Rent Money won the Golden Palm Award for Best Screenplay at the 2012 Beverly Hills International Film Festival. Her Five Star Readers’ Favorite, debut novel Concrete Wings (with screenplay attached) earned the Literary Classics Seal of Approval with a recommendation for school and home libraries and Honorable Mention at the 2017 New York Book Festival and the 2018 Florida Book Festival. Her second novel, Soaring in Silence (with screenplay attached) earned a Five Star Readers’ Favorite Seal. Her third book, Women, Work and Triumph is a compilation of interviews with a diverse group of 26 fascinating women in 26 careers from A – Z with 1 goal – acceptance and respect. It, too earned a Five Star Readers’ Favorite Seal. She lives in the southeast with her husband Armand, whose experiences inspired Concrete Wings. For more information about Bev and her work, please visit https://bevgandara.com

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Burlibooks, LLC/Beverly Gandara

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

9780997140606