Melissa Ginsburg’s The House Uptown is an emotional coming-of-age novel about a young girl who goes to live with her eccentric grandmother in New Orleans after the death of her mother.
Before I share an extract, kindly supplied by Flatiron Books, here’s the book blurb to give a flavour of the story.
Published: March 2019 by Bucket Line Books
Category: Historical Fiction, Coming of Age, Book Review
Gardiner MT, just outside Yellowstone National Park, Winter, 1933.
Three people—each with the toughness and desire to survive whatever adversity fate throws in their path. But will that be enough to overcome a financial Depression in its third year with no sign of abating or the brutally cold wilderness that is Yellowstone in winter?
Fourteen year old Millie Chase had never known her father, he’d been killed in battle just before she was born, so it had been just her and her mum…until Roger Fitzgerald had come into their lives. Now Millie was standing watching as her mother’s coffin was lowered into the ground.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Cultivating A Fuji, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
I have a guest post from Miriam, plus a giveaway, but first here’s what the book is about…
Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.
I’m revisiting another audiobook this week – My Life, The Theatre and Other Tragedies was released by Audible in 2013 and narrated by MacLeod Andrews. A young adult coming of age story handled extremely well by Allen Zadoff.
- Author: John Lansing
- Published: November 2014 by Tatra Press
- A Short Story
A coming-of-age story set in 1950s, small-town Long Island, at a time when suburban America is about to undergo seismic societal changes.
Jack Morgan returns, for what he knows will be the last time, to Baldwin, Long Island in order to settle his parents’ affairs. He felt indifferent about the sale of his boyhood home until he found himself parked outside. Looking at the house unleashed the floodgates of memories and emotions, taking him back to 1963 when he was a boy of fourteen in a completely different social and racial climate.
Jack and his two best friends, Gene and Greg, are sprucing up and getting a little buzzed on beer before heading to the dance hall. The evocative atmosphere is captured perfectly and is so relatable. Having the pre dance drinks for dutch courage, only in our case it was cider – yuck! Even after all this time I still can’t so much as think of drinking the stuff. The groups of boys and girls separated by the width of the room, the music and the coloured lights. After a couple of false starts Jack gets to dance with the girl of his dreams. Only it’s anything but straightforward.
“Jack, you’ve got to leave…now. No shit. I heard some crazy talk. Go! Now!”
I read the fear in Vida’s eyes; she nodded her head yes. I took her lead and we were on the move across the dance floor, hearts thumping. We grabbed our coats and were out the door and walking briskly down Grand Avenue before the song ended.
A touching teenage love, described with feeling and emotion, which could never be realised without probable tragic consequences. But, above all else, this is a poignant and disturbing reminder of the social conflict of the time. Racial prejudice was prevalent in most communities and was a major factor for a large number of people. When the first black family arrives in Baldwin the event is viewed with mounting dismay and anxiety by the towns’ residents. As Jack finds out to his cost.