THE MISSING CHAPTER
After enduring a panic attack which left the author attached to breathing machines around foreign doctors, the bisexual-themed Panorama—The Missing Chapter of Views from the Cockpit: The Journey of a Son, expands on the author’s experiences working and living abroad in Seoul, South Korea.
After a friendship ignites and morphs into a curious tale of parallel souls with a Brazilian-American soldier serving in the U.S. military, Panorama reflects on the author’s contemplations to return to a crumbling family life in Los Angeles or to endure his life in Seoul for an end-of-contract cash payout, until things take an unexpected turn.
In Panorama, the author broadens his stance on the importance of moments spotlighting isolation and exposing the perks and ailments of escapism. With precise prose and a thought-provoking storyline that covers eating live octopus, philosophical debates about the gender of God, pregnancy, and bisexual erasure—Panorama stands tall as a connected yet separate story. Panorama puts biphobia and hypocrisy under a microscope by exposing double discrimination with consideration of cultural intersections of race and religion.
Using the death of his father and brother as the linchpin to personal development, the author reframes pain and loss into resilience and personal achievement. He provides a template for readers to harness their story and use it as a source of empowerment.
The author reminds readers that as daunting as the vicissitudes of life, and no matter the view from the cockpit of life, the human spirit cannot, and should not, be restrained in loss or passion, and while truth may be the bitterest pill of them all, the effects of truth can bring us closer to an unbroken life.
Core topics: International adventure, masculinity, romance, bisexuality
Content warning: Adult material (language and erotic descriptions)
"Panorama: The Missing Chapter catches the reader up in a whirlwind of sensual sensations and situations. Victory doesn’t downplay his experiences, writing in a way that invites readers to voyeuristically participate in his musings of sexual identity, tolerance, and hypocrisy."
Dr. Ritch C. Savin-Williams, Ph.D., Cornell University, Author of “Mostly Straight: Sexual Fluidity among Men”
"In this small book are two masterpieces, a riveting remembrance of several life-altering experiences and relationships the author began in Seoul, South Korea, and an essay, let's call it part tirade, part profound reflection on our view of men, masculinity, sexuality, and romance. You cannot stop until finished because there is no midway, no stopping point as you become a part of his world. After nearly every sentence you scream with or at his observations either with critical reflections or ecstasy. Ross has his pulse on his generation and the most precarious issues confronting sexuality and romance." Read the full expert review
Dr. Kristie Overstreet Ph.D., LPCC, CST, Host of Fix Yourself First Podcast
"Ross's exploration of sexuality and spirituality is a breath of fresh air in a world full of oppression and discrimination. His writing will have you on the edge of your seat anticipating what comes next. His courage and vulnerability come across on every page, which challenges you to explore your own."
"Panorama is a soul-baring look at how one man reckons with identity and healing past wounds...Victory’s positioning of his bisexuality within the larger story arc is a needed reminder that hypermasculinity and biphobia do more than just oppress people who are on the receiving end of it; they develop a form of spiritual death. I often found myself wanting to shake the author back to reality. The fundamental question the book wants us to answer: “where do we find love?” and its companion, “what do we do with it once we’ve found it?”
Jodie Shea, LMFT , Relationship, Sex & IFS Therapist, Pillow Talk Therapy
"Ross provides an enlightened new view of sexuality that transcends the physical body. He shares his personal experiences with the struggles of being a Black bisexual male, dating across cultural lines personally and geographically, and the biases within the LGBT community as a whole. Ross' voice is one that is gravely needed to normalize these experiences and push the newer generations into a more progressive future."
William E. Burleson, Author of Bi America - Myths, Truths, and Struggles of an Invisible Community
"From South Korea to L.A. to São Paulo by way of New York, Ross Victory’s genre-busting novella challenges all assumptions about culture, race, and bisexuality. Complicated, and not at all conventional—Victory presents us with no easy answers."
Release date: June 21, 2020
Available in e-book and paperback
Publisher: VFTC Books
Distributed by: Ingram Spark LLC
Paperback dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.61(d)
Weight: .68 lbs.
Pages: 122 (10 b/w images)
E-book file size: 1.7mb
Reading time: 1-2 hours
Created by: J. Ross Victory
Exterior & interior illustration: David Izaguirre
Exterior color work and design: Sikora Entertainment
Interior layout and typesetting: Vanessa Mendozzi
Edited by: Michael McConnell