Husband Posthumously Publishes Anne Turner Coppola’s “Fly Away Free”
John Coppola finds wife’s labor of love novel years after her passing.
“Fly Away Free” is ultimately a story of the different kinds of familial love.
John Coppola was adjusting to life as a widower when he found the manuscript of his wife’s work dating all the way back to 1993. Believing that the stories would have a strong appeal to pre-and early teenagers, he had them published.
“Fly Away Free” tells the story of Tessie Farrell, an older woman who takes her morning walk and encounters three boys who raided an osprey nest. She rescues the last baby osprey and takes it home with her. Exhausted from the morning’s activities, she lies down to rest and is transported back in time to that moment when she learned from her parents that she was an adopted child, Tessie struggles to learn the reasons why she was unwanted by her biological parents.
John Coppola mentions that this work closely reflected some of the emotional experiences Anne faced as a twelve year old child growing up in a foster home, after the death of her father, and after her mother was hospitalized.After battling breast cancer for eight years, Anne passed away in 2012.
“Fly Away Free” is ultimately a story of the different kinds of familial love. Readers will definitely feel for Tessie as she struggles with her identity; her adopted parents in their attempts to show her their unconditional love. “Fly Away Free” is the touching story of courage, self-discovery and love, and a young girl’s struggles to overcome the pain of adoption; written by an author who experienced some of these struggles in her lifetime.
“Fly Away Free”
By: Anne Turner Coppola (http://www.annetcoppola.com)
Softcover | 142 pages | ISBN 9781499049169
Hardcover | 142 pages | ISBN 9781499049152
E-book | 142 pages | ISBN 9781499049145
Available at www.barnesandnoble.com and www.amazon.com
About the Author
Anne Turner Coppola was born in Redford, New York, one of seven children. She attended D’Youville Academy, a Catholic school for girls. An academic honors student, she wrote a weekly article for the local newspaper and was valedictorian of her high school class. She received her teaching degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and her master’s from Rutgers University. After battling breast cancer for eight years, she died in 2012. Following her death, her husband, John, found three manuscripts she had written in 1993, and decided to have them published. In addition to “Fly Away Free,” she also wrote “The Last Panther,” and “The Ghost of the Dunes.” All three books are available from xlibris.com, amazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com.
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