Title: Poet Of The Wrong Generation.
Author: Lonnie Ostrow.
Genre: Mainstream fiction, Contemporary Romance.
Book Description (Contains what may be considered spoilers. TT): “It’s not that I don’t love you, and my tears are yet to dry. But you can’t go back and forth forever and we’ve already said goodbye.”
Through these words, a young poet unearths his musical soul while severing ties with the woman he loves after her stunning betrayal. Unknowingly, in writing this ballad of liberation, he will soon evolve as one of the fastest rising stars on the pop music landscape.
The year is 1991; the place, New York City. Here we meet Johnny Elias, a college student from Brooklyn with boundless adoration for two things in life: timeless popular music, and the heart of a sweet, complicated young woman who is clearly out of his league.
Megan Price not only is the object of Johnny’s affection, but also the only daughter of New York’s most powerful PR woman: the indomitable Katherine Price.
Projecting that her daughter’s boyfriend will never live up to the family standard, Katherine cleverly perpetrates a series of duplicitous schemes to rid Johnny from her high-class world. But in her callous disregard, she inadvertently sets him on a determined course to his improbable musical destiny - while sending her own daughter spiraling down a path of devastation.
Poet of the Wrong Generation tells the symmetrical story of a lovable underdog and his meteoric rise to stardom, his humiliating downfall and his unprecedented attempt to reclaim his place as the unlikely musical spokesman for his generation. At the heart of Poet is a tale of star-crossed lovers and their struggle with unforeseen success and disillusionment, in an attempt to rediscover lasting harmony.
Uniquely integrating a variety of original song compositions, Poet projects the epic clash between true contentment and the fable of stardom’s rewards; a nostalgic journey through the major events of the 1990s, with a cherished cast of characters and a stunningly unpredictable conclusion.
Release: November 10, 2016
Publisher: Harmony River Press
Price: $3.99 e-book $15.99 for trade paperback.
Formats: pdf, mobi, epub, and printed reading copy.
Web: LonnieOstrow.com, HarmonyRiverPress.com
About Lonnie Ostrow: Lonnie Ostrow has been an innovator, storyteller, promoter and celebrity-insider for more than two decades. With Poet Of The Wrong Generation, he combines all his unique experiences to bring you a novel of love & betrayal, music & fanfare, downfall & redemption -- a fable of stardom's rewards, set in New York City during the 1990s. Since 2001, Mr. Ostrow has been the publicity/marketing director & researcher for the iconic best-selling novelist Barbara T. Bradford. Previously he served as a PR executive, promoting an assortment of first-time celebrity authors. From 1995-2001, Mr Ostrow was widely credited with inventing the 'living celebrity postal phenomenon'. In all, he worked with more than 40 legendary personalities, creating major media events to celebrate their postal recognition by an assortment of foreign nations.
SOURCE: An Advance Reading Copy (apologies there are therefore no First Sentence nor Memorable moment) received for review from the marketing department of publishers Harmony River Press.
MY THOUGHTS: Hmm. Such is the author's ability in bringing to life the characters of this novel that I couldn't help but wonder if it was in any way autobiographical ... or at least inspired by someone well known to him.
The story of relationships: one of them sweet yet poignantly painful, one of them menacingly manipulative, of star-crossed lovers, of an adolescent, a poet, on the verge of manhood, his (or is she?) girlfriend, his girlfriend's mom and the friend that is to become his mentor, all interlaced with some truly hauntingly evocative poems/song lyrics which can be found on the author's website, LonnieOstrow.com .... not something I'd necessarily have thought to have liked but it worked surprisingly well, adding a whole new dimension to the book overall.
Looking forward to a sequel. There will be a sequel Mr Ostrow, right?