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Nimitz Highway and River Street is an intersection on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. This is where she impatiently came out of the womb ready to start on her personal history. She grew up in upstate New York against the backdrop of the flowering women’s rights movement with different ideas from her mother as to what her life as a woman should be. In college, she majored in psychology with the intent of being a “death & dying” counselor. This would be her paying job while she wrote the next great American novel. Plan B kicked in and she graduated with a B.A. in English, packed her car, and upset her parents by moving to Florida in search of her destiny. Without ever having taken one business course, she created her own brand and became a successful business executive by day and women’s fiction writer by night. So far, she has lived a Lifetime Movie Network life, a mixture of extraordinary, ordinary, mundane, and terrifying, providing her great inspiration and fanning her creative flame. Her father imbued in her a strong sense of family. He brought to life the words unconditional love. From her mother, she gained an appreciation for the complexities of relationships and richness in life one finds exploring and experiencing everything from a recipe, to a historical site, to lunch with friends, or a glass of wine. Her mother was a collector of experiences. They journeyed together and grew as individuals and as mother-daughter. Elaine shared her mother’s journeys battling cancer, as her mother survived one and succumbed to another. In one of their last soulful conversations before her mother died, she told Elaine she was glad Elaine also had a daughter and hoped she would enjoy her own daughter as much as her mother enjoyed Elaine. The most powerful influences in her life and her stories come from being a daughter, mother, friend, and soul mate. But as a successful women’s fiction writer, does this surprise anyone?
I love the story, but the distractions on the kindle version are major. In addition to frequent grammatical errors, I am missing multiple consecutive chapters at at least two... Read morePublished 10 months ago by A
I could easily see this book becoming a movie. The characters were beautifully developed. The story was well told and the setting vividly described. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Joey
Atomic Summer is a beautifully tragic coming-of-age story written by Elaine Walsh. Her words draw the reader into the world of 1953 where life should be simple and fun. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kinx's Book Nook
I very much enjoyed this book. It¡¯s rare when you get a story about teens that doesn¡¯t have zombies, vampires, or supernatural stuff in it, and while I enjoy those... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nikki Bennett
I would recommend this book if you want to keep guessing how each person turn out in the end. The three gals are very different from each other.Published on August 9, 2013 by Lindy A Decker
This is ok, it could get boring, it took me awhile to finish, because it did not keep me interested, so I stopped and read something else. Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I love all things "historical fiction" and this one was one of the best! Set back in the 1950's it describes a summer of three teenage friends and the growing up they all do that... Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by Courtney L
When you stay up way past your bedtime two nights in a row, it's a five star story.
Having more than one narrator works well. Read more
This is a book that I should have not liked. My favorite authors are Hemingway and Bukowski, so I should hate a book about rural teenage girls growing up in rural America. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Kent