It's 1967, the world is changing - and so is a quiet misfit named Sally Fiore. After the sudden death of her father, Sally turns to comfort in the small things - her beloved books, her new interest in sewing, and her slight infatuation with the handsome, young custodian at school who always has a novel in his back pocket. But her sheltered life is turned upside down in January of '68 when she makes an unlikely friend in the new girl at school - a feisty civil rights activist named Sam, who dresses like a boy, prefers to date girls, and is defiantly unapologetic about her differences. As Sally grieves and tries to heal from her loss, she copes with her stoic mother who's struggling to keep their house, a tenacious would-be boyfriend, mean girls at school, and an older brother dead set on enlisting in the army after graduation. With Sam's rebellious influence, Sally blooms against the tumultuous backdrop of a small town trying to cling to its idyllic ways in the face of violence, war, and social unrest, and ends up discovering that tragedy can sometimes knit the spirit's fabric together even stronger than it was before.
|Publisher:||Little Tree Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.49(d)|
About the Author
Writer is a title that has driven her both personally and professionally. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Merrimack College and a Master of Arts degree in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College. As a communications professional, she's been a writer, editor, educator, and content strategist whose experience spans the worlds of corporate, nonprofit, and academia. In her personal work, she's eclectic and enjoys writing in many forms from short stories and novels to film treatments. Her debut novel, The Vitruvian Heir, was named a first place category winner in the Cygnus Awards for Science and Speculative Fiction by Chanticleer Book Reviews and Media in 2015, as well as receiving a first place award in the 2016 New England Book Show.
L.S. Kilroy lives in a rural community in Massachusetts - not too far from Boston - with her fiance, his son, and two feisty cats. When she's not a content strategist by day or spinning stories by night, she loves being creative in the kitchen, belting out show tunes, traveling, entertaining friends, reading, and scouting out vintage finds at consignment shops. For more information about L.S. Kilroy, please visit www.lskilroy.com.
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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite The Clothes That Make You by L.S. Kilroy is the story of Sally, a young woman in the late 1960s navigating through high school in a rural Massachusetts suburb outside of Boston. This turbulent time in history is compounded by the unexpected loss of her father, throwing a once comfortable little family into financial difficulty and creating conflict where it hadn't reared its head before. At school, Sally is bullied, but for her this is just a part of her normal routine. Change blows in from multiple directions, bringing with it an unconventional friend and a constructive outlet of expression - sewing - which aids Sally as she learns to adapt to and navigate the times to come. The Clothes That Make You by L.S. Kilroy reads in almost lyrical format reminiscent of classic fiction. Kilroy has a gift for prose and shares it in this latest release. The book raises some poignant issues that are timely even today, particularly Sally's friend, Sam, in a story line that frequently parallels between now and then, often with devastating consequences (including a scene outside of a dance that had me on the verge of tears). This is a beautiful, timeless story written by a skilled hand. It seems like every time Sally comes close to clearing a hurdle, the bar is raised to an impossible new height...but we keep cheering her on, a fully developed character that feels so tangible you might touch her. This development transcends into descriptions of Sally's creations in a narrative that has all the makings of book better defined as literary fiction over standard YA or New Adult.