One of eight children, Scott A. Simon is an American novelist and recording artist who comes from a long line of coal miners and steel workers. He studied Spanish literature, Mandarin and Romance languages at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Salamanca, Saint Elizabeth’s College and Fairleigh Dickinson University.
His passion for music led to life in New York City and co-founding of the internationally acclaimed synth-pop band, Our Daughters Wedding. The group became the first independent act to break the Billboard Top 40, and was signed to EMI Records. Currently, Mr. Simon lives on a farm with his wife
in New Jersey.
Eighteen-year-old Katherine O’Hara wants nothing more than to escape a world of smokestacks, soot and drudgery. It’s 1963
in the racially charged and religiously divided steel town of Battle Hymn, where dreams come at a price, and hope never dies.