Becoming JiJi

Adult
Blue collar woman breaks through class, gender, and personal barriers to pursue her true love and become a world class singer. A heart-warming story of empowerment and an antidote to America’s current wave of dystopian fear, confusion, and hopelessness. More

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About David R. Yale

David R. Yale has had short stories published in Midstream, Response, and Jewish Braille Review. The Front Room, one of his short stories, won an Award in a Writers Digest Contest. He has read from his fiction at Union College (Schenectady NY), Claremont College (California), The University of Minnesota, The Mendota (Minnesota) Jazz Emporium, and UCLA.

One of Yale’s nonfiction books, The Publicity Handbook, was a Fortune Book Club Selection. . For more information, please visit www.PublicityHandbook.com.

Yale studied fiction with Grace Paley at the Juniper Institute of the University of Massachusetts as well as with Joe Caldwell at the 92nd Street Y. He holds a B.A. from City College of New York and an M.A. from the University of Minnesota.

Yale, an international direct marketing consultant, lives in New York with his wife and daughter.

About the Series: Shingle Creek Sagas
Set in the 1970s, a blue collar community wants more, reaches higher, and rebels to make their dreams come true.

In Becoming JiJi, Park Director Joe Stern turns a depressed community rightside-up by helping teen Jill Frisk found a park council. An empowered group of kids energize adults.

Joe discovers Jill has a world-class singing voice. With his support, she becomes a star.

In The Real Paul Makinen? Joe and Jill leave the area. Much-loved 19-year-old Paul and 16-year-old Karen are now Park Directors.

Paul and Karen are fired. Six area boys killed in ‘Nam in one week. People explode. They hold back property taxes, block railroads, occupy the mayor’s office, demand Paul and Karen be re-hired, the local draft board disbanded, the minimum wage raised.

Jill, now a star, gets major media coverage for the rebels. The city caves in to their demands.

In Shirley, Victorious, Jill’s mother, a recovering domestic violence victim builds her career and helps lead the rebellion.

Shingle Creek becomes prosperous, happier, healthier. And Shirley is able to overcome her justified fear of intimacy and find true love.

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