I'm a novelist who lives in Seattle, Washington, raised in Chicago. I've been a newspaper editor and freelancer and a book reviewer. I've won some awards for my writing. This is the first novel I'm putting up.
The three women of Litany , Rose, Sophie and Zak, muddle through loss with grace and humor. They surprise themselves, not realizing that the cultural upheaval around them washes them in protest, sometimes simply against what was planned for them.
I hope you'll join these women on their journey--one they never meant to take. As now, cultural shift eddies around the neighborhoods in towns across America and in this town, Chicago, which is quite resistant to change. As now, people who are ready to fight to stay in their small roles, their comfort areas, are being affected and their lives being effected by what they believe is outside them. The gals are challenging fun, heartbreak and a study in functional dysfunction. The plot is more each's relationship to the world than an arc. There is a trembling beginning, a tottering middle and an earth-is-still-shaking end.
As the breathtaking historian Nell Irvin Painter said only weeks ago, looking at Egypt and Tunisia and I'm sure, the Wisconsin workers:
"2011 may be 1968."
It's available as B &N as a Nook book and at Amazon for the Kindle and as a paperback at both.
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When a street girl with attitude meets an itinerant old gardener named Rose, sparks begin to fly, fanned by clashing aesthetics, defenses, and denial into a conflagration of misunderstanding that births an awkward and pragmatic partnership. It's Chicago,1968, and these two and a woman librarian,unaware of the cultural upheaval around them, are as affected as the beach is by the tide.
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