An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody

An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody

by C.J. Heigelmann

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An epic American Civil War literary saga spanning cultures, continents and generations. Shay is an orphan. A young Asian boy with no link to his past – except for a mysterious jade amulet – and no idea what fate has in store for his future. Not until an American merchant captain raises him to be a man, who becomes a valiant Union Army scout during the height of the American Civil War. Across the oceans, a young girl is ripped from her homeland and tossed aboard a ship set sail for America. She is sold to an Alabama plantation like livestock; her name, her identity, and her life stripped from her. Now, she is considered nothing more than a slave. When their two paths cross ten years later, they immediately intertwine, driven by a connection so strong it could only be forged by destiny. But love is forbidden, and darkness surrounds them. Written in the Antebellum tradition, the reader is invited to view the perspectives of each character and the decisions they make, leading to life, love or loss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999489833
Publication date: 02/23/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 369
Sales rank: 665,367
File size: 686 KB

About the Author

C.J. Heigelmann was born in Hartford, CT in the summer of 1969. He enjoyed an early childhood typical of any other pre-adolescent youth, living in a region steeped with the traditions and history of New England during the 1970's. At age 12, he moved to Los Angeles and settled in Compton, California. As a young teenager, he traversed one of the most violent cities in America during the rise and height of gang warfare, which unfortunately became known as one of the most notorious murder capitals in the world. In 1988, at age 18 he faced a cross-road in his life and decided to enlist in the United States Air Force, where he served in the 1st Gulf War as well as other deployments, and witnessed first-hand the Mt. Pinatubo Volcanic eruption and its aftermath, which destroyed all major U.S. military installations in the region. After returning to the U.S. and receiving his Honorable Discharge, he married and fathered two daughters. He continued his formal education in Industrial Engineering, while also immersing himself in his true passion, Literature and World History. After his divorce in 2011, he made decision to write his first novel and embarked on two years of historical and cultural research for the foundation of his first novel. In 2014, after a decade of traditional employment, it became apparent that the time and stress of his occupation were hindering his creative progress, so he made another life changing decision and resigned his financially lucrative position in the Engineering Department of a Fortune 50 company. He bought a boat and moved aboard in reclusiveness, in order to give himself wholly to his work and fulfill his vision. The first of his novels to come, An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody is an example of C.J. Heigelmann's pursuit of perfecting the "Art of Storytelling" on paper, by using strong visuals, emotions and narrations to substitute for the absence of a human "Storyteller." He is currently an aspiring Novelist and Media Content Creator, and is employed on the managerial staff with a major university in South Carolina. For more info visit

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