How happy was the 1950s happy housewife?
Women in post-war America had it all: generous husbands with great jobs, comfortable suburban homes with nice yards and a two-car garage, and all the latest gadgets to make their housework easier.
It was a perfect recipe for happiness and fulfillment. The women's magazines told them so. Advertisements told them so. Doctors told them so.
They were sold a bill of goods about post-war life. Some bought it and some didn't. This book is about the women who didn't.
Five stories. Five women. Five journeys of self-discovery.
Purchase Lessons From My Mother's Life today to walk in the shoes of five American women struggling to find themselves in the 1950s. Maybe these women are like your mother or grandmother. Maybe these women are like you.
What reviewers are saying:
Smart, interesting and down-to-earth, these are stories that are close to the heart of every woman either because they lived through something similar, or because, as the title says, our mothers did. - Amazon Vine Voice reviewer
Great short stories that really do speak to what women had to face mid 20th century. - Amazon reviewer
An interesting collection of reflective short stories. I am glad that I read them! - Amazon reviewer
This book also includes an Author's Note and a bonus chapter from The Specter, the first book of the author's Gilded Age family saga, the Waxwood Series.
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About the Author
Tam May started writing when she was fourteen, and writing became her voice. She loves history and wants readers to love it too, so she writes historical fiction that lives and breathes a world of the past. She fell in love with San Francisco and its rich history when she learned about the city’s resilience and rebirth after the 1906 earthquake and fire during a walking tour. She grew up in the United States and earned a B.A. and M.A. in English. She worked as an English college instructor, interesting a class of wary freshmen in Henry James’ fiction. She also worked as an EFL teacher, using literature to teach English to business professionals before she became a full-time writer.
Her book Lessons From My Mother’s Life debuted at #1 on Amazon in the Historical Fiction Short Stories category. She’s also published a Gilded age family saga titled The Waxwood Series. Set in Northern California at the close of the 19th century, the series tells the story of the Alderdices, a wealthy San Francisco family crumbling amid revolutionary changes and shifting values in America’s Gilded Age. Tam’s current project delves into historical mystery fiction. The Paper Chase Mysteries is set in Northern California at the turn of the 20th century and features amateur sleuth and epistolary expert Adele Gossling, a young, progressive, and independent young woman whose talent for solving crimes comes into direct conflict with her new community, where people are apt to prefer the Victorian women over the new century’s New Woman.
Tam lives in Texas but calls San Francisco and the Bay Area “home”. When she’s not writing, she’s reading classic literature, watching classic films, cross-stitching, or cooking yummy vegetarian dishes.
For more information about Tam May and her work, check out her website at www.tammayauthor.com. You can also sign up for her newsletter, which offers glimpses into the nooks and crannies of history that aren't in the history books and subscriber-exclusive sneak peeks, giveaways, and polls. plus a free short story.