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Join me on a journey of love lost, love found & identity claimed!
All three of my books are about love.
When I was 12, my mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and my family’s world shattered With no insurance, and a father who lost his job caring for my mother, my family dove from the middle class to food stamps and homelessness.
A young woman in the 1970s and 1980s, I began searching for love and security everywhere else but home, as I tried to recreate the middle-class life of my early years.
With no road map, I got a full ride at a prestigious women’s liberal arts college in Virginia,
an internship at my local newspaper...
and another at a television station...
and eventually the White House.
By junior year, prosperity seemed again within reach.
Until I met a man, a budding political cartoonist at the paper, who asked me to choose between him and my career.
Written 45 years later, my memoir MY FIRST FIANCE: My Early Misadventures in Love, Squalor, and Misogyny reflects on what’s changed for women between World War II and today. What hasn’t. And how we cope and maintain our identity in the midst of it all.