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I liked being alone in the building at Eighth and Pacific after the shop closed. When I lived with Richard, there were always people around us, and unless they were friends of ours, I had to worry about what they might do. 
When we first moved to New Orleans, we lived in a rooming house, a sagging wood building at the far end of Bourbon Street. It was a dump, but we were lucky to have it. The first two places we'd tried, the landlords said they'd just accepted someone else. We were sure they were lying, but what could we do? I'd gone alone to apply for this room, and the manager had rented it to me. But now he'd seen Richard, and we were afraid he'd kick us out on the smallest pretext. 
One night we got home so late, we started tiptoeing when we were two houses away. Shushing each other, bumping through the unlit hallway like clumsy burglars, we crept upstairs to our room. Even after the door was shut behind us, we tried to be quiet. We didn't dare turn on the lamp--the manager might see light coming through the transom and get mad about it. 
Richard was silent, invisible in the dark. I guessed where he must be and reached out for him, but my guess was wrong--my hands plunged into empty air. For a moment, I felt a familiar stab of aloneness. Then his hands grasped mine, and spread them open, and he kissed my palms, brushing them with his lips. My fingers read his face like a love letter in braille--the downturned eyelids, the short eyelashes with their tight sudden curl, the softness of his mouth. We made love stealthily, the way you do in your parents' house. Because somehow, everyone was our parents.
Everyone and no one. I'd lost my parents because of Richard. When I told them I was moving to New Orleans with him, I knew how Mom would act. But Dad surprised me.
"You're making a mistake, honey," he said. "Please don't do this. It can't possibly work out."
"Baton Rouge is nothing but rednecks," I said. "Teenage kids who sound like George Wallace, almost like Adolf Hitler, if you really want to know. It'll never change. New Orleans is different. We can live there--no one will mind."
"Maybe someday," he'd said, "but not now. Not even in New Orleans. No one should give a damn what color Richard is. But they will."
"'A person's skin is an eighth-inch thick, and we're all the same underneath it,'" I reminded him. That's what he'd always told us when we were kids, when everyone was fighting about where people could go, or sit, or which drinking fountain they were allowed to use.
"That eighth inch is going to be your whole life." He didn't sound as sure of himself as he had when he'd said everyone was the same.
"Someone has to change it."
"You want to be first?"
"You mean, 'Not my daughter.'"
"I'm not even sure the two of you can love each other in the middle of all this."
"You know all about not being able to love." I slammed the door as I left.
That was the end of one conversation. But it wasn't when I lost him, and it wasn't why.
Once I got to San Pedro, the past closed behind me like water behind a swimmer. I wasn't sure there was a future, but if there was, it had a name: five years. Richard's sentence. 
It was my sentence, too. A different kind of "someday, but not now." This time, I didn't have a choice.
I began "Pacific Avenue" with a greater sense of place than of characters. I put my main character, Kathy, into the gritty world of Pacific Avenue in San Pedro, California, a place I knew well. To my surprise, she began to walk around, think for herself, and talk back to me.
She brought up long-forgotten pictures of my years in New Orleans as well. Of men who came back from Vietnam, with their unimaginable memories. Of families struggling with the war, and with racial justice. Kathy is a young woman who "lives in interesting times," as the saying goes.
So, "Pacific Avenue" grew out of my love of these two places -- San Pedro and New Orleans -- and out of memories of the turbulent late '60s and early '70s. But it is not simply a political novel. It is a story of personal lives, loves, and coming of age.
It's also a story of an artist's development: Kathy becomes a puppeteer, and the puppets' stories are added to her own. Years before I wrote the book, I was a puppeteer myself. When my husband suggested I include this experience in the book, I knew it was exactly what the story needed.
Though it deals with serious issues, this is not a novel of despair. Instead, it weaves together love, loss, altruism, and forgiveness. I see it as a story of hope.

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PACIFIC AVENUE. When young Kathy Woodbridge steps off the bus in San Pedro, California, she is running away from her past in Louisiana -- a past burdened by family tragedy and the imprisonment of the man she has loved. Soon she meets Lacey Greer, who can sense the young woman is deeply troubled. But before Lacey can help, she must uncover just what Kathy is running from.
JOY. In the Oakland, California, of 1989, Mirai San Julian is a young woman with a fascinating life and a rich past. She restores historic carousels -- her dream career -- working from her own studio in a former roller skating rink. But why is everything suddenly falling apart? Mirai knows how to restore a carousel, but can she restore relationships with those she loves? 
CASSIE'S CASTAWAYS (ISLAND WOMEN, BOOK 1). When Amy Bendbowe receives a call for help from her dying mother, Cassie, she rushes from Washington's San Juan Island to Mobile, Alabama, to see her. But Cassie has other ideas. Before letting Amy visit the hospital, she wants her to sell off or give away all the stock from Cassie's secondhand store. Is Cassie trying to keep the distance that has long separated her from her daughter? Or is this her way to help Amy finally understand her?
WILLOW'S CRYSTAL (ISLAND WOMEN, BOOK 2). Rai Ireland has built a respectable life for herself as a novice real-estate lawyer on Washington's San Juan Island. But when her hippie mother, Willow, comes to stay with her, Rai finds herself stretched between the Rachel she calls herself now and the Rainbow her mother thinks her to be. Besides, it hardly seems fair that Willow adjusts so easily to island life, while Rai still navigates the narrow straits of dating on a small island.
BENECIA'S MIRROR (ISLAND WOMEN, BOOK 3). Susan Jarvin could hardly be more surprised when her elegant musician mother, Benecia, accepts her invitation to visit Washington's San Juan Island. But more surprises are in store, as Benecia shows a new, strong interest in Susan's young son, and then starts dating his diving instructor, a man more than a decade her junior. It's all a bit much to cope with, on top of dealing with an ex-husband that Susan never quite stopped loving.
A CHAMBERED NAUTILUS. When Nita inherits her childhood home in New Orleans, she finds the house occupied by ghosts of her past, playing out scenes of the life she fled forty years ago. What are they trying to tell her? Will they ever leave her in peace? And are they really spirits, or only visions, emerging from sealed-off depths of memory as from the shell of a chambered nautilus?
FLIGHT. Linda Farley of San Diego is now living as Lainie Foster with her mother and brother in Olympia, Washington, under rules she's been given for being in the Witness Protection Program. But questions confront her at every turn. How could her loving father get involved in a Mafia money laundering scheme? Why is her mother so familiar with their new city? And who is that dark-haired woman she keeps spotting in front of the house?
SKEETER: A CAT TALE. When a stray kitten romps into Lynne's life, she has no idea what she's getting into. As Lynne describes in letters to her friend Angie, Skeeter is all cat -- high-spirited, contrary, inventive, and so goofy that he reminds Lynne of her own nuttiest escapades. No one who meets Skeeter will ever be quite the same again.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1483 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: Shepard & Piper (May 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004I1KRV4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,990 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Anne L. Watson is the author of a variety of works, including literary novels, soapmaking and lotionmaking manuals, and a cookie cookbook. She is also retired from a long and honored career as a historic preservation architecture consultant. Anne, her husband and fellow author, Aaron Shepard, and their cat, Skeeter, live in Friday Harbor, Washington.

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Format: Paperback
This is a novel that combines elements of hope and happiness with tragedy and triumph, and ends up with that compromise known as reality.

Kathy, escaping a past that has brought her pain, meets Lacey while searching for a job. Lacey, needing to learn that the pattern of mothering changes as children reach adulthood, becomes concerned for Kathy and seeks to find out more about her past. By moving between past and present and sharing the narrative between Kathy and Lacey, we piece together Kathy's life and Lacey's challenge. The shifting points of view are handled deftly.

Ms Watson has taken some relatively common real life ingredients and combined them in a way that provides readers with a magnificent story. The writing is superb, the main characters are three dimensional, and very human. There is much to enjoy in this novel. Ms Watson has packed a world into less than 320 pages.

I am looking forward to reading other novels by Ms Watson.

Highly recommended.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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I was extremely surprised by the quality of the writing of Anne L. Watson. She delivered the complete package, a well-crafted plot, with proficiently developed characters, and the use of a writing style that has nothing to be jealous of the greats in the genre. The fact that I read this novel in one sitting, really speaks to how much I liked it and the kind of grip that the story gets on the reader. I have had this happen to me before with several mystery novels, but this was one of the few times I experienced it with literary fiction.

When Kathy arrives at San Pedro and rents a room in Pacific Avenue, she is at the bottom of a deep hole. A series of terrible events have affected her life and she is trying to find the strength to move forward and forge a new future. This is where she meets Lacey, a middle-aged woman that is going through a crisis herself, after her daughter left for college and "does not need her anymore". Kathy is the perfect pet project for Lacey, who does not need long to see that the youngster carries a heavy burden and is in desperate need of help. Thus, starts this novel, which alternates the narration in first person between these two complex and mesmerizing characters. The story also goes back and forth in time, between past and present, and as we learn more about Kathy's misfortune, we get drawn deeper and deeper into this wonderful novel.

There are several interesting topics intertwined in this story, such as interracial marriages, the effects of war, and infant death. The author treats these topics seriously and delves deep into how they affect the characters of her story.

I do not feel I exaggerate when I say that this is one of the best books I have read in the last few years. I am looking forward to discovering more works by this great author.
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This book took me about a month to finish . . . I simply wasn't motivated to get to the end of the story, most likely because of the structure. The plot is predictable by design, and I found it very sad--neither uplifting nor particularly moving. The writing starts out strong, with great use of mood and description, but soon lapses into the annoying habit of relying on italicized internal dialog for the main character. She is a young woman named Kathy, who escapes her sad life in Louisiana, boards a bus for the unknown, and winds up in southern California. A second character, Lacey, (Kathy's co-worker at a construction company) has an occasional chapter, where she primarily obsesses over finding out more about Kathy, but this is very much Kathy's story and Lacey is tragically short-changed.

Kathy goes back in time from her arrival on "Pacific Avenue" in SoCal, to the years just prior and her complicated, young-adult life, her bi-racial relationship with a troubled Viet Nam vet named Richard, their child, Jamie, and her racist parents--particularly her hateful mother--and her relationship/s with a group known as the "Motleys," who put on puppet shows for a living. Skimming over anything to do with the puppets and the shows, I kept looking to the pages that moved the story forward and played out the details as to why she felt the need to escape.

Ultimately, one feels great sympathy for Kathy. She's innocent and likeable; however, that internal italicized dialog kept getting in the way. On each page I wanted to tell her to SPEAK UP! Unfortunately, this writing technique ruined (for me) an otherwise compelling tale of love and loss.
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This book takes place in the seventy's and shows true to that time. A big part of the story takes place in New Orleans with several cultures, a Vietnam Vet, a young woman who just wants to be happy. She had fallen in love with a black man which had disappointed her family. Her problems just seem to get worse and worse as the book goes on.

I kept reading it in hopes that some joy would come to the main character. It never really did. Without giving away anything I found the book to be somewhat depressing. I guess this too was a sign of the time when the war was going on, racism was a big issue and sprinkle an "out of wedlock" pregnacy in the mix. You really have sympathy for the main character as she struggles to hold her family together and to just survive.
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