Fiction: Discovery of an Eagle

by Grace Mattioli



Free Kindle Download 16th & 17th Sept 2015 ( 322 Pages).

Entertaining, lively and just downright fun!!

Fiction: Discovery of an Eagle.

After his job lays him off, Cosmo Greco takes his sister, Silvia, up on her offer to drive to Portland. At the beginning of the trip, a Mack truck wipes them off the road, nearly killing them. This near-death experience is a wake-up call for Cosmo, and he begins to question the life he’s been leading. He realizes that he’s not happy with his current life and wants to make a change. A number of encounters along the way reinforce this desire, but he’s afraid to leave the familiarity of his humdrum existence for the unknown.

This book is the sequel to Olive Branches Don't Grow On Trees and the second book in the Greco Family Trilogy, although it can be read as a stand-alone. Reviewers such as Kirkus Reviews and Midwest Book Review have called this a poignant and well-drawn soaring story that opens readers eyes to new perspectives. Readers will feel that they are along on the ride in this soulful road story as the highly lovable Cosmo explores a vividly painted American landscape, encounters a cast of colorful characters and discovers what it takes to be truly happy.

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"The characters the two siblings meet along the way-whether delightfully crazy or attractive or lost-serve as foils for a kind of personal growth particular to a road-trip scenario, and the landscape of the vast space between the East and West coasts acts as a catalyst for emotional and spiritual change. Author Mattioli (Olive Branches Don't Grow on Trees, 2012) writes in an assured voice that carries the story through its potentially sentimental passages, the end, (readers) may be surprised find that they, too, have undergone an emotional odyssey...poignant and well-drawn." Kirkus Reviews

"A warm blend of travel and observation, family interrelationships, and reflections that ultimately captures the meaning and purpose of getting away and journeying to new places...a soaring story of one man's exploration of new possibilities, new worlds, and ultimately, a newfound purpose to life." Midwest Book Review

"As you feel yourself traveling with these Grecos, you see Cosmo's world open and expand with each cathartic, soothing and beautiful scene or person he discovers." Ruth Amernick, reviewer for Library Journal

"The book isn't just about Cosmo's journey. It takes a hard look at the lives we live, the monotony we assume is a part of adulthood and the mediocrity we're content to settle for. Through Cosmo's shoes, the reader's perspectives are quietly opened to new possibilities." The Lit Room Reviews


Grace Mattioli
writes realistic fiction filled with insight and humor. Fall in love with colorful, unforgettable characters as they search for answers to the big questions in life. Laugh, cry, be inspired and gain valuable insights about what it takes to be truly happy.

She is the author of Olive Branches Don't Grow On Trees (2012), Discovery of an Eagle (2014) and several pieces of flash fiction published on the UK Short Humour site. Her realistic fiction novels are highly visual and filled with lovable characters who come alive. While they deal with such serious issues as dysfunctional families and addition, they are very humorous. Finding happiness is a major theme that runs throughout all of her work and readers can gain valuable insights about happiness that they can apply to their own lives.

She lives in San Francisco and Portland with her husband and three cats. She has worked as a librarian for over 19 years and has been writing creatively since she was a child. She studied English literature in college and has participated in several writing workshops and classes. She is influenced by such authors as Flannery O'Connor, Graham Greene, Beryl Bainbridge, Edward Abbey and Douglas Adams. Her favorite book is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

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