Young women come of age in the shipyards during WWII, only to lose the best jobs they've ever had to returning soldiers after victory. When, post-war, Tilly builds a business making candles, and an arsonist destroys it, she is forced to face the truth about her life.

Wax is set in the 1940s, as the seeds of the civil rights and feminist movements are sown -- along with victory gardens. More

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About Therese Ambrosi Smith

Therese Ambrosi Smith wrote of young women choosing lives different from their mothers' as a UCLA Writers' Program student. Her personal tales of work and travel: climbing mountains, surveying logging roads, designing parks and playgrounds, tending bar and selling fish, were the subjects of her short fiction.

In 2006, she visited the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historic Park and was offered a remarkable collection of oral histories by Park Ranger Elizabeth Tucker. Since then, stories of real-life "Rosies" have informed her work. Wax is her first novel.

Therese has rescued a wreck of a vintage camper from a field near Peru, Indiana; it will be "home"for her upcoming "Tin Can Camper Book Tour". You can follow her progress polishing aluminum and learning to back into small spaces, by clicking on her website.


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