The results of the 2019 “Best Book” Awards have been announced.

Your book has been honored as a “Finalist” in the “Fiction: Multicultural” category:


Last Exit to Montauk by Phillip Vega
thewordverve, inc.

Fiction: Multicultural

That’s the email I received this week, from American Book Fest. Apparently, the verbiage I’m supposed to use, according to the email, is the following:

Last Exit to Montauk is now an “Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Multicultural category of the 2019 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest

The 2019 Best Book Awards brought in over 2,000 entries, and Last Exit to Montauk beat out 75% of its fellow applicants.

To think, this all started on a random, rainy Saturday afternoon in August 2016. There I was, sitting on my couch, surfing the channels, looking for something to watch. As I did, images began dancing in my mind’s eye.

The images were the very story arc, I would spend the next six weeks documenting. I literally spent hours secluded in my office, listening to Bruce describe the screen door slamming, and Mary’s dress waved. Or Whitney proclaim her need to dance with somebody. Or Lauren Daigle sing that I Am Yours, as I pictured B proclaim the same words to her beloved, Mister.

How’s that old proverb go? The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

I’m still at the beginning of this curious journey, and doing my best to enjoy every minute of it. And not just the journey, but the people in my life, who have, and continue, to guide and inspire me along the way.

From my amazing wife, to my wonderful children. To my incredible extended family and friends. I am truly blessed, and can’t wait to see where this thousand-mile adventure takes us.

Thank you, American Book Fest for this honor. And thank you, friends and family for all your unbelievable support. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Last Exit to Montauk

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