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- DescriptionOn an icy winter night, Tulip stuffs clothing in paper bags, gathers her three children, and flees her husband. Waitressing in a run-down diner, the beleaguered mother impulsively purchases a dilapidated house, the eyesore of the neighborhood. Buoyed by her feisty-can-do attitude, she strives to make Old Grouchy their home. Tulip's genteel neighbors are appalled by this brassy woman and her unrestrained children. However, a winsome, mysterious neighbor steps forward and offers his skills as a handy man. His sy, possessive mother considers Tulip white trash and intervenes. Tulip's deadbeat, abusive husband menaces her. Her children are traumatized. She is desperate. Grace, a motherly neighbor, befriends and mentors Tulip, who begins to see the gusty red-head in the mirror as worthy of love. Accosted by a malevolent intruder, this image is shattered. Tulip must confront her dark past. The story takes place in the late 1960s, during the contentious feminist movement when women were asserting their rights for equality in the work palace. At that time, John Norman Collins, rapist and killer, was on the prowl. The young women of Ypsilanti, Michigan were acutely aware of how vulnerable they were.
- Author BiographyIn Brenda Humphrey Meisels' first novel, Family at Booknook, a pregnant teenager, a shadow of a girl named Sparrow, is banished from her home. She is foisted on a cantankerous old man who owns a bookstore, Booknook. Withdrawn, Sparrow seemingly sleepwalks through her pregnancy. With the birth of her baby, she comes to life and refuses to give her child up for adoption. A unique family is formed. Family at Booknook is about relationships and growth. A grieving, crotchety old man finds purpose in life. A reclusive young mother and her feisty daughter come of age, and together confront the mystery of the missing father. Brenda Meisels Is a retired social worker psychotherapist. She is privileged to have worked with many women, and to have been a part of their growth. She is awed by the ability of abused women to pick up the pieces, fasten them together, and make something of their lives. These women's struggles and victories inspired her to write these stories. Ms. Meisels lives with her husband in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She enjoys her family, friends, reading, and swimming. She writes and exercises to keep herself mentally fit and physically healthy.
- Author(s)Brenda Meisels
- Date of Publication12/11/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight381 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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