It's 1952 in small-town Middle America, and Lizzie Kerrigan is an all-American teenage girl entering the throes of first love with high school hero Johnny Rochester, whose sexy saunter and seductive blue eyes capture her heart and her imagination. But as their love blossoms, the strict morals of the 1950s smother the simmering flames of young love and cause the greatest disappointment of Lizzie s life. More than 50 years later, twice married and a grandmother, Lizzie Kerrigan reaches out and reconnects with Johnny Rochester, reopening her mind and heart to what was, in order to prove whether Faulkner s words are true: 'The past is never dead. In fact, it s not even past.' 'Postcards in the Attic,' Jackie Bradley's debut novel and its companion album, offers a glimpse at Midwestern American life in the 1950s: They worried about the H-Bomb, not the F-bomb. Polio had been eradicated, but Daddy could be drafted to fight in Korea. Pregnant girls went to a special home, while good girls went to college to receive an MRS. degree. Then as now, it was tough being a teenager, but, as Postcards in the Attic shows, there were different social and familial tensions that could wreak havoc on teenage hearts with repercussions for years to come.
This story is the story of any teenager who has ever felt the thrill and angst of first love. This poignant page-turner draws you in from the beginning and never lets you go. Filled with both humor and drama the intensity never lets up. It is a beautiful depiction of the innocence of the times that is still relevant today. You won't want it to end. --Janet Tyler Johnson, Finding Financial Fulfillment, for a Life Filled with Money and Meaning
About the Author
A Michigan native, Jackie Bradley lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Although her career was in medical technology, she s had a passion for writing since the second grade when she began writing poetry using her father's Underwood typewriter. While her vocation and avocation were worlds apart, she felt compelled to write, always having a writing project in the mill. During the last 25 years she has written a newspaper humor column and owned a freelance business writing newsletters, human interest articles for regional magazines, restaurant and travel magazines, and local newspapers. After retirement from her career, she further explored her passion for writing and music. An accomplished musician, she has produced eight albums including 'Postcards in the Attic,' featuring piano renditions of the love songs referenced in the book. Jackie feels blessed beyond her wildest dreams to be able to share her writing and her music at this point in her life. Her novel is intended to offer a glimpse into life during the 1950s. For those who were there, there s plenty of nostalgia. And of course... who can forget their first love?
Paperback: 228 pages
Publisher: Little Creek Press. A Division of Kristin Mitchell Design, LLC (October 7, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pound