Just Another Sunday

Just Another Sunday

by Elizabeth Good

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Overview

Just Another Sunday by Elizabeth Good

Set against the backdrop of the turbulent late 1960s and early 1970s, Just Another Sunday is inspired by actual events and follows Lia Benedict, a teenager growing up in the suburbs of New Jersey.

In the spring of 1968, Lia is 15 years old when her Italian-American family decides to leave Brooklyn for their dream home in the suburbs. But Lia is reluctant to pull up roots and go anywhere, especially to some godforsaken Jersey town. "I would rather thrive in the grime of New York than be plucked from my roots and transplanted in Nowheresland, just to wither away and die. I swear this is the kiss of death."

Her father, Frank Benedict, has worked hard to afford his own home for his wife, Marie, and five children after years of renting in Brooklyn. With the recent marriage of their eldest daughter, and visions of grandchildren in their future, new life in suburbia couldn't be more promising. But their dream home quickly becomes a living nightmare, and the family's move will prove to be the last they will ever make as an intact family of seven.

Just Another Sunday is a compelling five-year snapshot of one woman's life, taking us through teenage angst and rites of passage, new love and broken hearts, friendships and betrayal, triumph and tragedy, and one family's struggle to cope with the inconceivable.

You will search your soul and ponder Life's most provocative questions as you experience the unforgettable conclusion to Just Another Sunday.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432797447
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 08/24/2012
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Good is a dental office manager for a prominent Monmouth County, New Jersey dentist. She hails from Brooklyn, New York, and currently resides in Toms River, New Jersey, with her husband and 13-year-old shih tzu, Saverio. She has one son, three stepchildren, and three grandsons. Just Another Sunday is Elizabeth’s first novel.

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Just Another Sunday: A Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the previous reviewer. Takes you back to the late 60s and 70s. This book has it all--it's funny, sad, nostalgic, etc. The plot and sub-plot keeps moving along nicely, never boring and there are some surprising gems. The characterizations are dead-on. A good book to dissect for a book club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is for people of all ages, teens to baby boomers like me. I takes you back to your teen years. Yes, I know they were the best times of your life. It is a easy reading book, filled with laughter and tears, Our teen years were a simplier time, we had no worries, except will he call tonight. You will see a piece of yourself in this book, even if you are not from Brooklyn.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite In 1968, Lia Benedict's Italian-born father and his brother, Joe, sell their Brooklyn-based business, Jo-Fran Refreshments, and Frank Benedict moves his family to a New Jersey town for a better, safer life. Lia's older sister, Tina, is marrying, but Lia and her younger siblings, brother Frankie and sisters Lana and Joanna still live at home and learn to adapt to life in the suburbs. Lia becomes friends with Darla Reed, then finds steadier friends in Linda and Brenda. She begins to live her teenage life and starts a romance with local boy Jesse Carlisle. Darla goes off to Woodstock and to a "hippie" style of life while Lia maintains her "good girl" style of life under the watchful eyes of her parents, Frank and Marie Benedict. Jesse is caught with two local "bad" boys who deface the local pork store and is faced with jail time or joining the Army. He chose the Army and is sent to Germany, Japan and finally Panama and gradually loses touch with Lia even though he loves her. Then Lia's father suddenly dies and the Benedict family begins to fall apart. Lia looks for romance with Vic Somers, Darla's old flame, but will romances help Lia find her way in life? "Just Another Sunday" tells of the late 1960's and the importance to teenagers of family life, of each other and of the music from popular musicians and groups of that era such as Robert Plant, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Stones, and Martha and the Vandellas. Lia Benedict is a great main character as she makes her way in life through death and romances that never worked out as they should. Secondary characters such as Jesse, Darla, Lia's brothers and sisters and her parents are well-created and believable with their imperfections and shortcomings. Author Elizabeth Good has a story to tell of how coming of age is rarely easy and she writes that story very well. "Just Another Sunday" is a great book for readers everywhere. 
BlazerLA More than 1 year ago
This book was enjoyable and easy to read. It was nostalgic and written from the heart. Lia Benedict is a great 15 year old protagonist, and while reading I could see  her growth into  maturity , especially the end of the book. You will not be disappointed if you like Coming of Age books to read.
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