Wednesday, May 16, 2012

GNYIPA Author Wins Independent Publisher Award

King of Angels, A Novel About the Genesis of Identity and Belief (Belhue Press) by Perry Brass, has just been named a 2012 Bronze Ippy Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction from Independent Publisher. King of Angels was the only LGBT-themed book among the winning titles, as well as the only book that can be read both as an adult level fiction book and a coming-of-age novel suitable for older teens.

Amos Lassen in Amose Lassen Reviews said about King of Angels: “I laughed and I cried but most of all I thought and I remembered how it was growing up in one of the most turbulent periods of American history when communities tried to come together. Accepting ourselves is part of it all and Perry Brass helps us with that in his brilliant new book. Now back to read it all over again.” Reviews by Amos Lassen, March 26, 2012 (

King of Angels is set in Savannah, Georgia (setting of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) in 1963, the turbulent year of John Kennedy's assassination. It is the coming-of-age story of Benjamin Rothberg, son of a mixed marriage between a New York Jewish father and a beautiful "WASP" mother from an old Savannah family. Benjamin is sent to a Catholic military school in Savannah where he meets his closest friends, experiences the most horrifying bullying, and is befriended by a progressive monk who finds in Benjamin his own truth and salvation.

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