Love songs of the revolution
About the book
An official painter for the Lithuanian Communist Party, Martynas Kudirka enjoys a pleasant, unremarkable life with a beautiful wife and all the privileges that come with being a party member. Yet in the summer of 1989, his ordinary world suddenly turns upside down. Political revolt is breaking out across Eastern Europe, and Martynas comes home to find his wife dead on the kitchen floor with a knife in her back.
Realizing the police will not investigate, he sets out to find his wife's killer. Instead, he stumbles upon her secret life. Martynas finds himself drawn into the middle of an independence movement, on a quest to find confidential documents that could free a nation.
Cold War betrayals echo down through the years as author Bronwyn Mauldin takes the reader along a modern-day path of discovery to find out Martynas' true identity. Fans of historical fiction will travel back in time to 1989, the Baltic Way protest and Lithuania's "singing revolution," experiencing a nation's determination for freedom and how far they would fight to regain it.
This novel is among the first to utilize a series of modern media artifacts, including tweets, deleted scenes, IRS forms and book reviews as a storytelling device.
Love Songs of the Revolution is available now in paperback as well as e-book and a deluxe, handmade edition.
Love Songs of the Revolution by Bronwyn Mauldin
Published by CCLaP, the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography
Cover by Ryan W. Bradley
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Curious about the story behind the book? Read my essay about how I did the research at Necessary Fiction.