It’s been many months since I’ve written, and I hope you all are doing well during this time. I’d like to tell you about my fourth book, Back of the Yard, publishing on June 3. The story begins during the Great Depression and ends in the late 1950s. The main character is a young woman who faces huge challenges in life, as many folks did during those times.
If you’ve read the previous Jack Bailey books, you will recognize some familiar names, but otherwise it’s a brand-new story.
The story gives voice to those struggling with emotional pain and shows how families can heal with love, courage, and promise. It tells of a neighborhood reflecting America’s cultural changes and how one’s childhood is forever present.
I’ll be writing again in a couple weeks to offer you a free sample of the book.
Meanwhile, please take care.
Best thoughts to you,
Set in the south Chicago neighborhood of Sinclair’s The Jungle, Betty O’Leary grows up during the Depression, struggling to scrape by in this harsh, foul-smelling, yet compassionate area. The youngest in her Irish Catholic family, Betty is overshadowed by her pretty older sister, and when tragedy threatens to shatter her world, Betty is sent away to stay
As grief and loss take its toll on family members, Betty eventually meets Phil, who offers hope for long-awaited happiness. But secrets begin to unravel, and depression gradually descends on Betty. Is a family history of asylums and madness the cause? And unlike her disturbed mother, will she ever find peace and fulfillment?