This is a work of fiction, a novel, with a difference. All of the people in the book are actual people from the pages of history. In every case, their story is recounted accurately.
Informing this novel’s chapters is a wonderful discovery, actual autobiographical material written by Cyrus Elder, a man whose life was more dramatic than most fiction. Long cherished among the keepsakes of his descendants, this 34-page handwritten autobiography has recently come to light. The family shared it with the author, who has expand upon it to tell the whole story of Cyrus’ life.
The book is reminiscent of E. L. Doctorow’s “Ragtime” in its interweaving of historic fact and “what may have been.” Cyrus Elder was among his many accomplishments, a twice-published poet. Some of his poetry is included in this book.
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The Mountain of a Dream
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