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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New Novel Provides Cure to the Chronically Heartbroken


A Year Without April by Seattle based author, Marcus Harrison Green

Seattle based author, Marcus Harrison Green’s debut novel A Year Without April is available for sale on Amazon.com starting on Nov. 19th, 2012. He was compelled by his experiences with chronic heartbreak to write his first work of fiction about a young African American male whose powerful relationship with a female named April, ends in heartbreak.  His character in the novel has a remarkable emotional journey, and in the end is able to transform his devastation post break-up, into strength, redemption and a powerful sense of self-acceptance.

This novel is comforting to those who can relate to the feelings of loss, and is a fantastic example of perseverance. Those suffering from chronic heartbreak can soon be remedied with the arrival of A Year Without April, which uses humor and wit to relate the stark realities of all who have ever felt the onslaught of pain, confusion and delirium that usually accompanies a break up. While there may be other books that have various takes on the subject matter, A Year Without April,  seeks to break taboos, offering both a male and layperson’s perspective, that speaks for the majority of people who after a harsh breakup, lack the wherewithal to escape to exotic lands, while enjoying exquisite food, but instead have local bars, friends who grow tired of their whining, and work the next day that must be strained through, all with a broken heart that has to be tended to the best way available.

Marcus Harrison Green
Marcus Harrison Green says that “We’ve all either ‘been there’ before or will be going one day. Loving to the point that your heart soars and carries you with it to heights that you thought were unimaginable, only to have it come crashing down and completely shattering once a relationship ends, leaving you to pick up the pieces. Heartbreak may be the most common ailment that people face next to the cold, but unfortunately because of the internal pain and shame that often times associated with it, never feel they have a platform that vents a genuine expression of their condition.”

Inspired by, as he puts it, “A One-Sided butt kicking” his heart took at the end of a relationship and unable to find closure or any books which depicted the experience of the average person, writer Marcus Harrison Green spent a year and a half traveling the country and collected stories from hundreds of people who had a brush with “the other side of love.” The tales assembled should sound familiar to anyone who has ever been one of love’s casualties, and touch on topics including, your mind trying to forget someone your heart won’t let go of, crazy in love turning into plain crazy, and the want for love turning into a need for a shot of whiskey, amongst others he distilled into the novel to communicate what he thought was lacking as a counter narrative to the conventional description the heartbroken receive as “being unable to get over someone, or being weak and abnormal,” that responds back with, “the only thing that is wrong is they’re human.”

Green will be doing a number of public appearances & speaking engagements in the greater Seattle area this summer and fall to promote A Year Without April.  He will also be hosting an official launch party in late 2012. The book will be for sale at most of Greens events, as well as the book is being distributed through Amazon.com retailing at $16.95.

For more information on Green’s book A Year Without April please visit his author page on Amazon.com. For all booking requests, media inquiries or other questions please contact Publicists Maile Cabral Hager and Kassie Edwards of Cabral Edwards Management at 360.561.0961 or email Info@CabralEdwardsManagement.com.

About the Author
Green  was raised in Seattle and attended University at California Lutheran University.  He discovered his passion for writing  during his college education. He has worked as  freelance writer for several publications and was inspired by real life heartbreak to write his first novel, “I've grown tremendously as a writer since the first drafting of A Year Without April. I matured as a person while writing it and have been really excited to bring my work to the public.  As a writer, I've learned so much about my writing style since from different editors over the years. Delivering my completed book to these editors who have helped me become the writer I am today will be hugely fulfilling or me”.

When Green first submitted his novel to publishers, many publishers rejected the idea of an African American Author, like Green, writing from a white perspective, like his character April.  In return Green rejected several publisher’s requests to change the race of April, to black, stating he “ felt it was important to keep the race of the characters the same because that was how the real relationship happened in my life”.  After careful consideration, Green kept his novel the same, and published it with West Hill Publishing. 


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8 comments:

  1. Marcus, I look forward to the book. Who hasn't had their heart broken before? There's always a risk involved to be able to gain love.

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    1. Linda, I've never thought of it that way, as a risk with the possibility of gaining love. I've always looked at it from the angle that as our hearts grow larger and we increase our capacity to love more deeply and to love in more way, we also increase our capacity to be hurt (more deeply and in more ways).

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  2. I appreciate that Marcus stood up to publishers and editors who wanted to change the story to make the voice more believable for a black author. I look forward to the release of the book. I think that this story and Marcus' ability to tell it will elevate his reputation, gaining him even more respect as a relateable, compassionate community leader giving back in his hometown.

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  3. Thanks for your comments Erika, and Linda! We appreciate your support!

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  4. "....your mind trying to forget someone your heart won’t let go of, crazy in love turning into plain crazy, and the want for love turning into a need for a shot of whiskey, amongst others he distilled into the novel to communicate what he thought was lacking as a counter narrative to the conventional description the heartbroken receive as “being unable to get over someone, or being weak and abnormal,” that responds back with, “the only thing that is wrong is they’re human.”

    Oh my, I had my fair share of whiskey shots and angry nights following my first and only break-up, haha.

    Look forward to reading the book :-)

    ~Evy Yve

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  5. Marcus, our mutual friend Maile helped me stumble on this and I just want to wish you the best of luck on this launch! It takes immense dedication and focus to complete a book and it says a great deal about your character that you've done it! With that kind of persistent, I am sure great things will be coming your way.

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    1. Thanks for your support, Brayden! We'll make sure he see's your comment! Thanks again.

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