- Local author, Brian Cohen
will appear at the Sixth Annual Authors Night on Saturday, August 14. His debut novel, "The Life O'Reilly" (iUniverse, Rising Star) is at once a bittersweet love story and a young lawyer's journey of self-discovery, and was officially released in December. Recently named the Winner in the Best First Novel (under 80,000 words) category of the 2010 Indie Book Awards, a Finalist in the Best Fiction category of the 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards, and the Winner in the Best Romance category of the 2009 Reader Views Literary Awards, this first time novelist is making waves.
On the outside, Nick O'Reilly has it all - a high-flying legal career, as a partner of an elite Wall Street law firm, and financial security, with an apartment overlooking Central Park. Having grown up in a working-class family, as far back as Nick can remember this was his dream. But at the age of 36, after several years of sacrificing his personal life for professional gain, Nick has started to ponder his future and consider the mark he wants to leave on society both professionally and personally - his legacy.
After being chastised in the press for turning a cold shoulder to the community, the firm calls upon Nick to help rehabilitate its image by handling its first pro bono
case. Nick is asked to represent Dawn Nelson, a domestic violence victim who is fighting for custody of her young son, Jordan. A far cry from Nick's specialty of defending the misdeeds of Corporate America, it is up to Nick to set Dawn and Jordan on a path to a better life. But Nick gets much more than he signed on for, as Dawn forces him to reassess his life choices and, ultimately, be true to himself. Only when Nick finally realizes what is truly important in life does he face his toughest - and possibly final - challenge - a battle for his own survival.
Exploring the flaws of being human and the importance of controlling one's own destiny, "The Life O'Reilly" reminds us of how precious life is and how quickly and tragically it can change. Written with great empathy, "The Life O'Reilly" is an emotional and unforgettable novel that will challenge one's expectations of the modern love story and introduces a poignant and sensitive new voice in fiction.
About The Author
A native New Yorker, Cohen was born in Queens and raised on Long Island. Brian earned his Bachelor of Accountancy from George Washington
University's School of Business and Public Management and his Juris Doctor from St. John's University School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review. He has been practicing law for 12 years, and lives with his wife and their daughters in the suburbs of New York City
. He is at work on his second novel.
For more information go to www.briancohenbooks.com