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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: InspiringVoices (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462405231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462405237
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,748,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mary Lou Reed is a writer and editor living in Torrance, California. Recently retired after twenty-five years as editor of California Diving News, she is a frequent contributor to Guideposts Magazine and other publications. Surrounded by her loving family, including eight grandchildren, Mary Lou keeps busy writing and painting.

Customer Reviews

The day after finishing the book, I felt a let down.
M. A. RODONO
Besides Marrianne, I especially loved Sophie and Hurkey, their next door neighbors whom Marianne befriends.
MamaMiaLove
The characters are so well drawn that I felt a strong attachment.
Patricia Martz

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Isobel DuSharm on March 26, 2013
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I liked this book a lot. Set just after the close of World War II and seen through the eyes of ten-year-old Marianne and young housewife, Sophie, Goodbye, Pittsburgh is both a closely observed, memoir-like look at life at that time and a gripping story of a year in the lives of the two protagonists. If you remember that time yourself, or it you've ever wondered what life was like for your mother or your grandmother, this is the book to read. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Martz on April 13, 2013
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I loved this book. Although I grew up in California, it brought back vivid memories of my own childhood just after the close of World War II. The radio programs, the corner drug store with soda fountain and comic books, the ice man and the milk man, mean kids and good friends as seen through the eyes of ten-year old Marianne. Then there are the effects of the war on society in general and the family in particular: men coming home from the war, or not; women giving up their vital war time jobs to make room for the returning veterans. As as seen through the eyes of young housewife, Sophie, the story reveals some relatively overlooked aspects of the post war years. The characters are so well drawn that I felt a strong attachment. There are no vampires, zombies, serial killers, or F-bomb words that are so popular in modern media, and religion is an integral part of Marianne's family. It is a heart warming, well-written page-turner. Highly recommended. Would be great for a book club discussion.

Patricia Martz
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pat Athan on May 8, 2013
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This is a wonderful story. It addresses things that are current today even though it was written about a time when you did not hear so much about them. The family is so warm, and the characters are people who immediately draw your interest. Her descriptions of Pittsburg, and the longing for the move to California are great. The neighborhood kids are like some you may remember growing up with. Also the family that her friend comes from reveals alot about the time too. It is a story of two families really and how they reacted to events, after World War II, that affected everyone during that period of time, and may still affect them today.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By margiebeatty1 on April 14, 2013
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This is a wonderful story about a young girl and her next door neighbor adjusting to life after the war in 1945. It is very well written and an enjoyable read. I was sorry when I finished the book. I liked the characters very much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. A. RODONO on April 11, 2013
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I didn't think it possible to read a new author who would impress me as much as the author of "THE HELP".
I was surprised "GOOD BYE PITTSBURGH" did just that.

The characters were so vivid. I felt the joys, heartaches, fears , determination, and accomplishments in each situation.
They are etched in my memory. The day after finishing the book, I felt a let down. I had lost friends. Friends that I can
revisit as I reread the book.

Great job.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KCMO Fan on April 11, 2013
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From the first page, author Mary Lou Reed had me hooked. I love her writing style, and hope there is a sequel.
This book would make an excellent movie.

Ginny
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joan R. Kopacz on April 8, 2014
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Having been born and raised in the eastern part of Pa, yet in the coal country, I found this book brought back so many memories of experiences I had growing up. It was captivating and hard to put down. A quick read but very satisfying!
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By Prindaville on January 6, 2015
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The characters in this novel are captivating and well delineated. The reader is swept into the story from the first page to the last. It explores the meaning of friendship, the pain of not belonging and the impermanence of all things in life. Reaching out and allowing ourselves to get close to others involves taking the risk of the grief that accompanies loss. This author writes in authentic manner and her protagonists come alive for the reader. I was sorry when the book ended. I highly recommend this novel.
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Mary Lou Reed is a writer living in Torrance, California. Retired from Hughes Aircraft as a subcontract administrator, she was also writer/editor of California Diving News. She is a frequent contributor to Guideposts Magazine and other inspirational publications. Surrounded by her loving family, including eight grandchildren, Mary Lou keeps busy writing and painting.



You can reach Mary Lou on her email: Mafafa1@verizon.net. Any review of her novel can be written on Amazon.com or on Inspiring Voices.com.