Domestic Fatima Press Release
POPE’S VISIT TO FATIMA, PORTUGAL PUTS TO QUESTION WHETHER MOTHERHOOD COULD DELIVER WORLDWIDE BROTHERHOOD
Symbolic novel reimagines the mysterious meaning of Fatima’s supernatural events through the story of a Muslim, a Catholic, and a Jew in search of coexistence
Scranton, PA – In celebration of Pope Francis’ visit to Portugal on May 13 for Our Lady of Fatima’s 100th Anniversary, author Val Bonacci explores its mystery in FATIMA AND THE SONS OF ABRAHAM:
Paolo Giobatti is the first Major League Baseball star from the Italian League. He’s nursing an ailing back along the shores of the Mediterranean when, thanks to modern technology, both he and his archrival Eli Kohn, witness a stunning moment at the hands of a Syrian refugee struggling for survival. Thus begins their journey from Italy’s beaches and America’s baseball diamonds, to the beating heart of Jerusalem. A culture clash ensues and the three do battle until the fearless heart of a woman named Fatima reshapes their destinies forever.
Bonacci, who has walked a provocative journey of her own, including a stint as the vice president of marketing and broadcasting for the Cleveland Indians, recalls a moment of inspiration while visiting Italy in 2012.
“A young refugee was peddling jewelry along the beach. He was powerfully built, yet moved with the grace of a pro athlete. I had a flashback to my days as the GM of a Minor League team where half of the roster couldn’t speak English – just one of many challenges facing foreigners in a new land,” said Bonacci.
“I couldn’t help wondering about the boy’s hopes and dreams. If he’d been born in the States, would he be a baseball star? I whispered a prayer for him, and the rest nearby like him. It was the seed that would later sprout into my novel.”
Bonacci is a former executive for the Cleveland Indians, where she spent 17 years with the franchise. She is a graduate of Ohio University’s top ranked Sports Administration Masters Program where she received the Year 2000 Distinguished Alumnus award. She now resides in Scranton, Pennsylvania where she has been an adjunct instructor at Keystone College and The University of Scranton since marrying her husband in 2004.