Chicago Writer Shelly Milliron Drancik Pens a Post-War Novella About Friendship and the Power of Human Connection
PORTLAND, OR; February 9, 2021—Unsolicited Press announces the much-anticipated debut of THE DISTANCE OF MERCY by Shelly Milliron Drancik. A story of human connection across the ethnic aisle, The Distance of Mercy centers on Nicolette, haunted by her mother’s death in postwar Vienna. As a young adult, she betrays her father by accepting money from her grandmother, a former Nazi supporter, to study the violin in Chicago in the late 60s. Nicolette is hired to work with Tillie, an African-American widow who lost her young husband in the war. Through many barriers, an unexpected friendship develops. While Nicolette’s length of stay in America is brief, the impact of her arrival and the decision she must make before returning to Vienna are life-altering for both women.
Told in parallel narratives and against the backdrop of historical events, the story explores the depths of love, loss, and buried grief and uncovers the lingering and terrible effects of war and racial injustice.
About Shelly Milliron Drancik
Shelly Milliron Drancik earned her MFA in fiction from Queens University of Charlotte. Her short fiction has appeared in various literary journals and her screenplay, based on this novella, has earned a number of awards. She lives with her children in Chicago.
About Unsolicited Press
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. Unsolicited Press has social media accounts on Instagram (@unsolicitedpress) and Twitter (@unsolicitedP).
THE DISTANCE OF MERCY is available on February 9, 2021 as a paperback (250p.; 978-1-50730-59-9) and e-book (all major retailers). The title is distributed to the trade by Ingram.
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