Becoming JiJi

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. His novel, Becoming JiJi won First Place, Contemporary Fiction, in the 2018 Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards

Yale has read from his fiction at Union College (Schenectady NY), Claremont College (California), The University of Minnesota, The Mendota (Minnesota) Jazz Emporium, and UCLA.

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.

An international direct marketing consultant, Yale lives in New York.

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

Becoming JiJi, first in the saga, won First Place for Contemporary Fiction, 2018 Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards.

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? much-loved Park Directors 19-year-old Paul and 16-year-old 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 the rebels major media coverage. 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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