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Texan Who Sailed Around the World with a Veteran Releases Debut Short Story Collection

Unsolicited Press, a small publisher in Portland, is releasing the debut book by Stephen J. O'Shea, a documentarian who sailed around the world.

Portland, OR, November 10, 2020 --( Unsolicited Press announces immediate availability of "From the Land of Genesis" by Stephen O'Shea, documentarian and explorer. "From the Land of Genesis" is literature at its best. Crafted in short story form to achieve a number of vivid slices of life, this collection accurately illustrates the hardships of normal life after living wartime experiences.

O’Shea travelled the globe interviewing veterans and taking special care to authentically portray the veteran experience at home. The result is a literary fiction / narrative nonfiction hybrid, with fictional characters and settings, but references and experiences of war that are drawn explicitly from interviews, transcripts, and source materials.

Any one of these stories contributes so much on its own and is unique in its own respects, and yet the overlapping characters and themes flow more like a novel than a short story collection. O’Shea writes on a number of widely varying lifestyles of veterans who all carry the burden of war into their new lives, wherever they have ended up. He demonstrates expert control of conveying emotions, individually and interactively, which plays to his theme of depicting the reality of post-traumatic stress syndrome. To name a few, he emphasizes feelings of alienation, depression, paranoia, confusion, and regret. However, the stories also feature glimpses of hope amidst the despairing truths, making a beautiful literary medium for readers to experience vicariously the extremes of the human condition.

Stephen J. O’Shea is a writer, documentarian, and (now) sailor, who tells stories to stay alive. His research for From the Land of Genesis was the catalyst for a sailing expedition around Cape Horn to raise awareness about veteran suicide rates. Having miraculously survived that feat (and transformed that journey into the feature documentary, Hell or High Seas) he's now writing and producing stories through a number of mediums, including literature and film.

Mr. O'Shea is open to scheduling events, speaking with the press, and getting involved in literary panels. Both publisher and author have active social media presences, and have developed a robust marketing plan.

"From the Land of Genesis" (978-1-950730-58-2) is available as a paperback ($17.00; 302p.) and ebook, and can be purchased from all major retailers. Ingram Book Group distributes the title to the market.

Unsolicited Press was founded in 2012 and is based in Portland, OR. The press strives to produce exceptional works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from award-winning authors.
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