Litany

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Wandering in the cultural upheaval of 1968 in Chicago, a wise-cracking street girl (Zak) meets an itinerant, brilliant and slightly mad old gardener, Rose, through Sophie, a middle-aged librarian who lives by the rules- conservative even in her one major break, when she fell in love with a woman.

The real and potential losses in all their lives have made them edgy. Sparks begin to fly, fanned by clashing aesthetics, defenses, and denial into a ...

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Overview

Wandering in the cultural upheaval of 1968 in Chicago, a wise-cracking street girl (Zak) meets an itinerant, brilliant and slightly mad old gardener, Rose, through Sophie, a middle-aged librarian who lives by the rules- conservative even in her one major break, when she fell in love with a woman.

The real and potential losses in all their lives have made them edgy. Sparks begin to fly, fanned by clashing aesthetics, defenses, and denial into a conflagration of misunderstanding that births an awkward, tentative and pragmatic partnership.

Society, money and their perceived needs threaten the tentative alliance. With the help of neighbor Stan, Zak's old protector Suzee, and the misfits at St. Martin's soup kitchen, they must decide which of the few bad choices each has is truly damaging and which might be vaguely beneficial

Searching for some little success in a world that doesn't wish them any, they are unaware of how their pasts might make them embrace the changes embodied at the Democratic National Convention protests. Chicago is a main character, a most unlikely setting for the social upheaval that would define the next few generations. The Convention and all it entails is the moving force.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983145806
  • Publisher: Free Trees Press
  • Publication date: 2/21/2011
  • Pages: 276
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Travers, born in Chicago, lives on the West coast. She has been a journalist and book reviewer and has worked for a living in quite a few fields. She writes novels that may not (or may) be best sellers, but are quiet; and she likes the idea of everyday people being smart and able, even if they don't meet with success on the pay scale of the world. A firm believer that all people think and, unless very debilitated, try to make choices that will lead them to happiness that isn't simply personal, she writes her characters in their complexity, giving them room to be jerks and saints. Her writing is lyrical,while her character voices are often grounded in the vernacular.
She is creating a curated website for readers and ebook writers, which will be for high quality literary fiction. It will be called The Book Review for Fiction and will showcase and slightly review books that are not from big publishers (unless they were dropped for lack of prolonged sales). is a way for serious writers to email. The site's in the works and should be up for happy readers of new fiction by the end of March 2011.
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