Liberty Landing: A Novel

Liberty Landing: A Novel

by Gail Vida Hamburg


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Liberty Landing -- a 2016 Finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction -- narrates the American Experience of the 21st century through the lives of a polycultural cast of natives, immigrants, and refugees in Azyl Park--a town in the Midwest. After Angeline Lalande, a journalist and historian, unearths the real meaning of the name, "Azyl," conferred on the town in the 1800s by immigrant-hating politicians, the town elders begin the act of renaming it. During the course of the renaming, we meet the intriguing denizens of the town--survivors, strugglers, and strivers of every race and nationality, see the intersection of their lives and the ways they find home, heaven, and haven in each other. We learn about the singular journeys that brought them to Azyl Park--a place that both transforms them and is transformed by them. The larger story of the American Experiment is told through the personal story of Alexander Hamilton, the essential immigrant among the Founding Fathers, as Angeline writes a book about him. By the end of the novel, after Azyl Park is renamed, each of the characters has lost or found something essential. Liberty Landing is about the personal and the political, family and loss, memory and migration, finding new love and a new home, and about history and the American Experiment. Seminal moments of the American Experience figure in this literary and historical fiction. Inspired by John Dos Passos' USA Trilogy about early 20th century Americans, Liberty Landing is a sweeping, lush, layered saga, set in a vibrant community, with a diverse, international cast of characters, marked by neuroses, flaws, secrets, unspeakable pasts, humor, warmth, vulnerability, and humanity. Liberty Landing is Gail Vida Hamburg's love letter to the American Experiment--the first in a trilogy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780979827549
Publisher: Mirare Press
Publication date: 04/18/2018
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.77(d)

About the Author

Gail Vida Hamburg is an award-winning American journalist and author born in 1960s post-colonial Malaysia. She spent her early years in Hertfordshire and London in the UK, where she attended school and college before working in London legal rights agencies advocating migrant, human, and civil rights. She moved to the United States in her twenties, first to New York and then to Chicago, where she developed a career in mass communications, journalism, media relations, and academia. Hamburg's first novel, "The Edge of the World," (Mirare Press, 2007) about the impact of American foreign policy on individual lives -- inspired by Graham Greene's "The Quiet American" -- was released by Mirare Press, Boston in 2007. The novel was featured in Bertrand Russell's "The Spokesman," at the Graham Greene Festival, and nominated for the James Fenimore Cooper Prize. It is a text in many university post-colonial studies, war studies, and creative writing programs around the world. Her second book, "Liberty Landing," (Mirare Press, 2018), a novel about the American Experience, was a 2016 finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction. Inspired by John Dos Passos’ U.S.A.Trilogy about early 20th century Americans, Liberty Landing narrates the American Experience of the 21st century through a polycultural cast of native born, refugee, and immigrant Americans, who each transform and are transformed by America. The first in a trilogy, Liberty Landing is Gail Vida Hamburg's love letter to the American Experiment. She studied mass communications at North East London Polytechnic, UK and holds a Master of Fine Arts in Literature and Creative Writing from Bennington Writing Seminars at Bennington College, Vermont, USA.

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