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Captivating Novel and 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist 'The Funeral Plain' is Released


Author Michael Dean Kiggans draws from his personal experiences through tragedy, death and life in thrilling coming of age story

NEW MATAMORAS, Ohio (PRWEB) September 10, 2018

Author Michael Dean Kiggans has debuted his first fiction book, "The Funeral Plain," which chronicles a young man's journey to finding the truth of life after tragedy strikes. An iUniverse Editor's Choice book and a 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist in two categories for First Novel and General Fiction/Novel under 80,000 words, "The Funeral Plain" has been receiving rave reviews for its realistic characters and fascinating page-turning story.

In this coming of age roman á clef set in Ohio, protagonist Elijah Rake recalls the fateful day his father suddenly died in a skydiving plane crash when he was only nine years old. Through vivid memories, he recounts the effect of not having a father in his life had on his childhood and family as he comes to accept that death is inevitable. After much reflection and reconciliation, Elijah is able to grow into the man he becomes at the end of the story.

"I wanted to write a ‘literary thriller' for people who love great stories," said Kiggans. "But I wanted it to represent real life, because we don't always get a happy ending in real life. The book has ties to something similar that happened in my family over 50 years ago. Much like Elijah, I was able to create a legendary story from this experience."

"The Funeral Plain" highlights themes of personal development, life, death, family and relationships as it reminds readers that before death, there is a rich life worth discovering and living.

The book has already entertained and touched readers with one reader calling it "…a nice piece of work. You should be proud…a melancholy delight." Another wrote, "Just finished reading it cover to cover, could not put it down."

"The Funeral Plain is an incredibly well written and absorbing novel that so easily captures the reader that it's hard to believe it's Mr. Kiggans' first book. This gentleman is an exceptionally talented writer and I highly recommend this novel." – Amazon reviewer

"The Funeral Plain"
By Michael Dean Kiggans
ISBN: 978-1-5320-20582-1 (SC); 978-1-5320-20575-1 (EB)
Available at the iUniverse Online Bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

About the author
Michael Dean Kiggans is an avid reader and collector of fine books and literature. He currently resides near New Matamoras, Ohio, with his wife, Deborah. "The Funeral Plain" is his first novel which was honored as an iUniverse Editor's Choice book and was recently a finalist in two categories for the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Review Copies & Interview Requests:    
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