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New Novel - ’Every Day a Bird Learns How to Fly’ Published By Aventine Press


Innocence, love and adultery clash in a small Maryland town in 1958. Laced with elements of tenderness, sadness, style, and humor, the novel is a narrative of a teenager’s introspective struggle over a relationship with his best friend’s young attractive stepmother.

In a very conservative time and place, the struggle whether to lead a normal life of a high school senior or follow his heart onto a different forbidden path, becomes his constant agony.

A lady’s 57 Ford, a mysterious gold chain, a young attractive wife, and a secluded cabin set the stage for the struggle and final dramatic agony-ending climax.

1958 was an eventful year in America. The United States spread its wings in space with two satellites; Congress created the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and Elvis Presley was inducted into the Army.

But 1958 was not particularly eventful for Jimmy Trenton. Everything was taking its normal course. His high school senior year had just begun, he was planning for college, a pretty classmate was taking notice of him, and his best-friend Jason was now spending time with a girl whom Jimmy did not particularly like.

No, it wasn’t eventful for Jimmy, that is, until a familiar ’57 blue and white Ford Fairlane drove up beside him one day after school when he was alone, for an innocent drive home.

The driver made Jimmy nervous. She was a young woman with beautiful green eyes who dressed elegantly, smelled wonderfully, and wore around her neck a chain of hearts that disappeared oh so mysteriously into her blouse.

She was also Jason’s young stepmother, Carol Dulaney. In the next few months Jimmy would see Jason less and less; Carol more and more.

Midwest Book Review gives it 5 out of 5 stars:

“‘Every Day a Bird Learns How to Fly’ is a classic love story...Jimmy is fresh out of high school and Carol is older and the mother of his friend.... Jimmy and Carol are stuck in a conflict of love and respect, and have no idea which will win out…a fine addition to any romance shelf… a controversial love story.”

An excerpt of this book is available at

Every Day a Bird Learns How to Fly (ISBN 1593304951 Hardcover, 1593304943 Paperback)
Frank V. Arcilesi
Author’s Website:
301 pages.
Published by Aventine Press:


 Romance Novel
 Illicit Affair
 Teenage Romance Illicit
 1950’s Novel
 Sexual Affairs

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