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These Days

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ISBN-10: 1484171195

ISBN-13: 9781484171196

Edition: N/A

Authors: Margo Christie

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Fueled by a passion for 1940s movies and her jazz musician father's tales of a time when "every hole-in-the-wall bar had a band," 14-year old Becky Shelling dreams of a career in show biz. It's 1974, hardly a high point in jazz history when trumpeter Ernie Shelling disappears, abandoning his adoring daughter to an abusive step-mother, an indifferent step-sister and a step brother-in-law who lusts after her behind the sister's back. For solace, Becky befriends Carolyn Kibble, upstairs neighbor and barmaid at Ernie's former haunt, the Half-Mile Bar. But it is the attention of businessman Lenny Moss that is the real salve for Becky's emotional wound. Smooth-talking, dapper, and very married,…    
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Book details

List price: $14.95
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication date: 6/13/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 322
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

A native of Baltimore -- a city described by novelist Laura Lippman as a place where "the true local malady is nostalgia" -- Margo Christie describes herself as "a refugee from a broken home in which nostalgia played a major role". Like Becky Shelling, the star of her debut novel THESE DAYS, Margo landed on Baltimore's "World-Famous Block" in the late '70s, as the teenage girlfriend of a charismatic older man. There she made the acquaintance of old-school booking agents, managers who'd been around in Gypsy Rose Lee's day, and many a retired burlesque queen turned Block barmaid. "It was an interesting time to be on the Block," she says of the adult-entertainment strip that was once a…