Concrete Wings

Book Cover

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

20th Century (multiple decades)

Beverly Gandara

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

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Setting

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

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Burlibooks, LLC/Beverly Gandara

Year Published: 2016

Starting Description

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.

Ending Description

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.

Group Specific

Information not completed

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

9780997140606

Mature Audience Themes

Information not completed

Plot - Other Elements

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

Plot - Premise

Quest,Rags to Riches,Internal Journey/Rebirth

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

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.

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.

Development Pitch

Concrete Wings is timely, educational and compelling. Raised by a tyrant and a functioning voluptuary with an uncontrollable temper in a country ruled by a dictator with Communistic leanings, there is little chance for personal growth and independent thought in Havana, Cuba in the 1950s for Julian Vida. As a naïve teen, he is sent out of Cuba on the eve of the Bay of Pigs Invasion to retrieve smuggled family jewels and settle his family in the United States. After traveling from Cuba to Spain to America, he 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. 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. Julian learns, that success isn't always measured by what one becomes but often by what one overcomes.

About The Author

I am an award-winning screenwriter who has written several screenplays and two novels. My comedy script, Rent Money won the Golden Palm Award for Best Screenplay at the 2012 Beverly Hills International Film Festival. My Five Star Readers’ Favorite, debut novel Concrete Wings: A Tale of Tyranny and Freedom, 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. My Five Star Readers’ Favorite second novel, Soaring in Silence: One woman’s Triumph Over Fear, a psychological thriller has just been released. My third book is a compilation of interviews with a diverse group of women and focuses solely on their careers. I live in the southeast with my husband Armand, whose experiences inspired Concrete Wings. For more information about me and my work, please visit www.bevgandara.com.

Core Theme

Quest,Rags to Riches,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Characters

Main Character

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

Character 1

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

Character 2

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

Character 3

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

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