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Loosely based on the life of Jessie Glenn, the author’s grandmother, the story begins in rural Missouri when Jessie’s husband dies in the 1918 Spanish Influenza Epidemic and ends in the San Francisco Bay Area where she brushes shoulders with bootleggers, works for tips in North Beach’s Italian restaurants, barters for an apartment over a Polk Street market and through longshoremen she befriends, becomes embroiled in Harry Bridges’ historic waterfront strike. This page turner novel is the tale of a young mother confronting impossible choices and story for all time.
About the Author
A native Californian, Regina S. Kutchins’ varied experience working in the governor’s office, as a campaign consultant, election reformer and administrator of a statewide rural program for seniors, richly influenced her novel. She has a BA in Political Science and MA in Anthropology and lives and writes in West Marin.
“If you think life is difficult now, try it after the bank takes your farm, influenza takes your husband, the orphanage your young daughters, and the high roller your heart—more than once. Jessie is so deftly written you’ll stroll with bootleggers and elegant ladies in the 1920s, struggle through the 30s with its Depression, and Harry Bridge’s general strike. Then, try hardscrabble living on a Northern California ranch. Love informs her story and Jessie’s reward is at once heartrending and heartwarming.”
Clive Matson, author Let the Crazy Child Write! And