“Sitting on a Rainbow: a 21st Century Irish American Morality Tale” by James Patrick Rooney has been released worldwide. This 513-page novel follows Patrick Connelly, a mid-fifties paraplegic who works as a financial advisor and stockbroker and must take bold action to save his career – and his life.
The protagonist, whose life and experience mirrors the author’s, not only faces the adversity of disability each day, but also has a front row seat to the financial difficulties plaguing so much of society. Through his journey, from disruption in his career to struggles with love, powerful friendships to moments of despair at the state of humanity, readers are pulled into a rich, detailed world that combines elements of history, Irish myth, finance, the arts, and beyond.
Complete with a playlist of relevant songs to enjoy while reading, Rooney’s book is a unique approach to memoir, fiction, and education that ultimately digs into what it means to live a life of joy and purpose. Readers will encounter romance, business, mystery, and folklore in this textured and detailed narrative, and feel inspired by the main character’s determination to find the magic and beauty all around him.
With messages of hope, lessons from both history and present day, and a window into the daily experiences of disability, Rooney’s sweeping story contains eye-opening insights and inspiring moments for readers of all kinds.
Sitting on a Rainbow: a 21st Century Irish American Morality Tale (ISBN: 9781958729625 / 9781958729571) can be purchased through Amazon. The paperback retails for $20.99, the hardcover retails for $29.99, and the ebook retails for $6.99. Wholesale orders are available through Ingram. Review copies and interviews are available upon request.
From the back cover:
Sitting on a Rainbow: a 21st Century Irish American Morality Tale is a story of severe loss and courageous resilience, financial markets and malfeasances, Irish history and mythology, justice served, and broken promises remaining to be mended. Set in West Palm Beach, Florida in the early 2010s, protagonist Patrick Connelly (aka Paddy or Pat) is a mid-fifties paraplegic and veteran stockbroker/financial advisor at a major Wall Street firm.
About the author:
First time author James Patrick Rooney was born in Bronx, New York, raised in Westchester County and has been living and working in Northern Palm Beach County, Florida for his entire adult life. Young Jimmy’s first loves included sports, particularly ice hockey, a variety of music and culture, and his adopted homeland of Ireland.
When a hockey-related injury at age nineteen left him a paraplegic, he turned his focus away from the physical toward developing his mind. Soon after finishing college at then infamous “Suntan U,” he began a successful thirty-year career in financial advisory with a major Wall Street firm. About that same time, he met his enduring love – his family. Married to Cindy ever since, together they’ve raised two superb children, Patrick and Megan, who are now thriving young adults.
While managing an ambitious reading group (2005-2014), Jim was inspired to write more competently (i.e., several college-level creative writing courses and other modes of self-learning). To hone his skills he wrote short stories, imaginary book reviews for his reading group, and later edited and authored articles for the lifestyle website Throomers (2018-2020). After stepping away from financial advisory in 2014, he began working on his first novel. As is often said, starting with a few core ideas the story then wrote itself.
Part memoir, part fiction, part fantasy, Sitting on a Rainbow is an honest look at living with disability, while it also offers an insider’s view of retail financial advisory and celebrates the current day relevance of Irish history and mythology. Jim hopes his lighthearted, romantic, suspenseful, and cautionary morality tale will entertain all who come and sit on the rainbow with him.
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