Beautifully written, extraordinarily powerful, a rare gem of a read!
“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"
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. 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, 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.
Heartfelt and compelling, Just Another Sunday, is the new novel from author Elizabeth Good. A thoughtful exploration of hope and expectation in the 60’s it certainly isn’t an archetypal coming of age tale, as Good presents her readers with notably nuanced characters, authentic backgrounds and intriguing stories to tell. There is a real soul to this tale as she beautifully renders the sights and sounds of a bygone era. All meticulously observed as she explores the veracities of love, family, calamity and infidelity during a period of turbulent change in her young protagonists life. Goods writing is light and easy to read, her plot clear and a pleasure to follow, but what sets her novel apart is a clear understanding of how family dynamics, in its differing guises, shape our younger years and the vulnerability of girls on the verge of womanhood.
A delightful and thought provoking historical snap shot, Just Another Sunday is a tale to be savoured whilst being sure to garner much interest in author Elizabeth Good. It is highly recommended!
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Just Another Sunday
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