So, my new novel, Between Two Rivers, is finally finished. Now it’s time to find a new agent and then publisher. My apologies to readers who have been asking when the new novel will be available, but changing publishers is a long and frustrating process. Please be patient.
Below is a very short synopsis, like you would find on a book jacket. I’ll start blogging more about the upcoming book soon.
Between Two Rivers
By Lory S. Kaufman
Young Adult, “Post-Dystopian” Fiction
110,000 words, Book One of a Two Book Series
Between Two Rivers is a post-dystopian adventure that involves a boy, Tammond, from the 24th century C.E., and a girl, Yuanna, born almost 5,000 years earlier. The girl’s father is King Sargon the Great, the first man to rule an empire. And the mother of the girl? She is a time traveler from the future too. Talk about dual citizenship.
Tammond’s 24th century world can only be described as near-Utopian. This was accomplished with the help of a race of Artificial Intelligences (A.I.s), who were given the job of protecting humans from themselves.
To educate citizens worthy of this near-perfect world, the elders and A.I.s created History Camps, full-sized recreations of whole cities from Earth’s distant pasts. Here youths live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiencing the same degradations. History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused the planet to die. But not all students learn their lessons well.
When we first meet Tammond, he’s causing trouble in a History Camp. But it’s also the beginning of the time-travel era, so Tammond is taken back fifty centuries to the real Mesopotamia. It’s hoped this might straighten him out. There he experiences horrific battles, political intrigues, asteroid strikes that change history, as well as the ignominy of being in an unrequited love relationship with Yuanna, one he can’t bring himself to end.
As for Yuanna, she’s the actual historical Enheduanna, the first author in history whose name is known. A brilliant and interesting teen, she’s being groomed by her father as the head priestess of Ur, which is a historical fact. The fiction comes in as she’s also resentful of being abandoned by her mother from the future. As stubborn as she is smart, Yuanna can take or leave Tammond’s affection, and so she does both, much to Tammond’s frustration.
Part of the fun of the story is we not only see Tammond’s reaction to Yuanna’s war-torn world, but also Yuanna’s reaction when she moves to Tammond’s egalitarian, near-perfect time.
I would like to share this humbling book review from Midwest Book Reviews.
“The Verona Trilogy” is a superbly crafted, three volume time-travel saga featuring the hazardous adventures of Hansum, Shamira and Lincoln, three 24th Century teenagers who find themselves transported back to 14th Century Verona. Author Lory S. Kaufman has a particular skill in developing a complex story arc of unexpected twists and cliff-hanger turns that will keep his readers fully entertained and engaged from beginning to end. Highly recommended, especially for personal and community library Science Fiction collections
-James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief Midwest Book Review