"The Walls of Lucca" Wins Reader Views Best Historical Fiction Award

Steve Physioc's new novel "The Walls of Lucca," winner of the Best Historical Fiction Award in the Reader Views Literary Awards, depicts an Italian vineyard caught up in the aftermath of World War I and the rise of fascism.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - April 8, 2019 - PRLog -- An orphaned girl with innovative ideas about religion, a soldier scarred by his memories of World War I, a vineyard owner in need of workers, and a woman unhappy in her marriage all discover the power of love and forgiveness in Steve Physioc's stunning debut and award-winning novel "The Walls of Lucca" (ISBN: 9781983749520, CreateSpace, 2018).

Readers of "The Walls of Lucca" will find themselves swept up in the lives of Physioc's characters, who are themselves swept up in an Italy trying to get back on its feet in the aftermath of World War I. Unfortunately, the fascist party is becoming more and more powerful, and families and communities will find their loyalties pulled in various directions, causing conflict and pain to everyone involved.

Tyler R. Tichelaar, winner of the 2009 Reader Views Best Historical Fiction Award for his novel "Narrow Lives" and the award sponsor since 2010, says of this year's award-winning novel, "'The Walls of Lucca' is more than just historical fiction. It is a true piece of literature. It teaches us by example how we can live better lives. Protagonist Isabella is the kind of wise soul we all need in our lives. And even the villain, Susanna, will get under our skin and make us care about her—only a true novelist can make his characters multidimensional in such deft and surprising ways."

Reader Views reviews thousands of books per year by self-published and small press authors. Its Annual Literary Awards recognize the very best of these up-and-coming authors. "The Walls of Lucca" joins a series of previous historical fiction winners on such diverse topics as eighteenth-century pirates, opera composers, Japanese-Americans during World War II, soldiers in the Vietnam and Civil Wars, the Battle of Britain, and the exploration of the Louisiana territory.

About the Author

Steve Physioc is a novelist and radio-TV broadcaster for the Kansas City Royals. He won an Emmy for his play-by-play in 2013, and he broadcasts Big East College Basketball for Fox Sports in the winter. Steve and his wife, Stace, live in the Kansas City area and love to visit and spend time with their children, Ryan and Kevin, and three grandchildren. "The Walls of Lucca" is Steve's first novel. Its sequel, "Above the Walls," has just been released.

"The Walls of Lucca" (ISBN: 9781983749520, CreateSpace, 2018) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.StevePhysioc.com. Publicity contact: http://www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.

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